NBA Rumors: Jose Calderon To The Boston Celtics?

By Lee Treble
Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

With the season ending injury to Boston Celtics’ all-star point guard Rajon Rondo,  the Celtics are looking to make moves to either make another run to the playoffs, or blow up the nucleus that won them the 2008 NBA Championship. Without a solid backup point guard to fill Rondo’s gigantic shoes for the rest of the season, the Celtics have expressed interest in players like Memphis Grizzles small forward Rudy Gay, who is owed $35 million over the next two years. That said, they should be expressing interest in one of the most efficient PGs in the league: Jose Calderon.

The Tornoto Raptors are looking to make major moves before the trade deadline, and rumors are that PG Jose Calderon will be one of the players shopped around in exchange for the services of Gay. The Celtics could make a push for Calderon’s services by being involved in a 3-way trade that could land them one of the most solid PGs in the league, and make a push for the playoffs. Calderon’s pass-first mentality along with great shot selection and solid defense would be a perfect fit for a inconsistent Celtics team. The Celtics could (and will) still retain the services of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, and can deal players like Jason Terry and Chris Wilcox, who have both had disappointing seasons this year.

Surprising, Calderon is one of the few players in the NBA who’s is the closest to shooting 50/40/90 (50% FG, 40% 3PT FG, 90% FT) from the field.  Calderon is averaging 11 pts and 7 assists per game while sharing PG duties with Kyle Lowry per 28 minutes. His FG efficiency and low TO percentage (7 assists to one turnover per game) would be welcomed in Celtic land, where Rondo’s spectacular yet erratic shooting is still a liability for the Celtics despite shooting 48% from the field this year. Calderon’s defense is suspect, but playing in Doc Rivers’s system would mask some of the on-ball weakness Calderon has.

Make the move Celtics. Imagine Doc Rivers getting a point guard he wouldn’t have to bicker and yell at on a daily basis to get the most of out his team. It can work. Do it.

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