Jose Calderon Can be a Catalyst for the New York Knicks


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The Knicks upgraded their point guard position with a trade with Dallas. They took on Jose Calderon’s contract, and he’s been productive as an NBA point guard. Compared to Raymond Felton, his contract is not too bad. Felton’s contract was about $5 million per year with a player option in 2015, though his play has dropped and Knicks would be stuck with him for next two seasons. Calderon makes $7 million per year and has three seasons left on his contract. So basically, you’re upgraded with the cost of $2 million more a year and adding one more year than Felton contract was for.

Calderon is looking forward to utilizing his passing skills and develop chemistry with Carmelo Anthony. Calderon played with Andrea Bargnani in Toronto, and he hopes to get Bargnani back in his comfort zone. Another bonus the Knicks can capitalize on is that Calderon has a close friendship with Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol. He is a free-agent in 2015.

According to ESPN Ian Begley,

Calderon on Anthony:

“He’s a great player, one of the best, I’d love to play with him,” Calderon said Friday, on a conference call with New York reporters. “I’d love to make everything easier for him and make the team successful and try to get as far as we can.”

“I think I can help him to get the pressure (off) of him and just give him the ball when he’s ready for it,” Calderson said. “That’s what I’ve been doing. I did it in Toronto with (Chris) Bosh or (DeMar) DeRozan, last year in Dallas with Dirk (Nowitzki) and I just try to help him every time. And because of my 3-point ability I can give him even more space. So that can be a great space for him.”

Calderon on the New York Knicks Offense:

“At the end of the day, the good thing about it is more than anything it’s a team offense — try to find the right guy, try to put the guys in the right situation and look for where the weak spots are,” Calderon said. “It’s been working with a lot of really, really good players. Like I said, I’ll be able to open the floor, make the right decisions for my teammates.”

Calderon on Bargnani:

“I think I could help him. I know the injuries the last couple of years, he wasn’t able to show the potential he has,” Calderon said of Bargnani, who was limited to 42 games and hit just 27 percent of his 3-point attempts last season. “Sometimes when you’re No. 1 in the draft all the pressure is there, all the expectations are there. But he’s great … he’s one of the guys that can open the floor: a 7-footer who can play four and spread the floor for everybody.

“It’s about confidence too and I help with that. I played with him in Toronto for us, a lot of years. And he’s a good friend and for sure I (will) try to help him and put him in the right situation for him to be successful. He’s a guy who’s really going to be important for sure.”

Calderon on Bringing Players to New York:

“For sure, this is my team. I’m going to help to improve (it) as much as I can,” he said. “Anybody that we can get here or would be interested (in coming) I’d be willing to talk to, to try to make them come to the Knicks, I think we are one of the best franchises ever. Everybody wants to play here. So perhaps … hopefully we can get those guys in New York.”


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