One of the biggest question that will be answered within the next several weeks by the Detroit Pistons is what kind of future, if any, Jose Calderon has with the team.
New coach Maurice Cheeks may want to weigh in to the front office on whether or not he wants Calderon on his roster. Calderon doesn’t fit into the Pistons’ long-team plans as a guard. That role falls to Brandon Knight. But Calderon, with eight years behind him, can still provide valuable leadership that even a young team like the Pistons can utilize. He can still be a role model, although the Pistons need producers, not role models.
When he came to the Pistons from the Toronto Raptors in midseason, Calderon eventually put in better numbers for the Pistons compared to what he did for Toronto.
He averaged 31.7 minutes, 11.8 points and 2.5 rebounds for the Pistons compared to averages of 28.3 minutes, 11.1 points and 2.4 rebounds for the Raptors. He also shot better for the Pistons compared to the Raptors with 52.7 percent in field goals and 52 percent in 3-pointers compared to 47 and 42.9 percent. His assists per game of 6.6 with the Pistons was slightly below his 7.4 clip for the Raptors.
If the Pistons don’t bring back Calderon, who will replace those numbers? That’s something Cheeks and the team need to discus prior to the NBA draft, if they haven’t already.
Calderon would be worth it if the Pistons make a short-term commitment to him, but he may prefer a long-term deal with another franchise.