Calderon/Evans for Diaw/Chandler Still Not Official (UPDATED)

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The three team trade that will reportedly involve the Bobcats sending Boris Diaw and Tyson Chandler to Toronto and receiving Jose Calderon and Reggie Evans is still not official as of Monday evening.  Bonnell is reporting that it won’t happen tonight, and cites the complexities of a three-team deal in regards to satisfying salary cap issues for the delay.  In a subsequent blog entry, Bonnell reports that the Raptors are causing the holdup and that there is still a chance the deal could break down.

The Phoenix Suns are also supposedly involved — sending Leandro Barbosa to the Raptors for Hedo Turkoglu.  Earlier versions of the story also had the Suns sending Dwayne Jones to Charlotte, which accounts for the “three team” and not “two separate trades involving the Raptors” characterization of the deal.

Here at the Baseline, we’ve been anticipating a trade of either Diaw or Chandler for a point guard, but I have to say, I’m surprised it took both of them to get back someone the caliber of Calderon.  Granted, the contracts have to match up (and Calderon has a big one — 3 years left at an average of $10 million per year) but I would have rather seen a smaller deal that sent Diaw away for a cheaper PG like Jarrett Jack, Ramon Sessions or even TJ Ford.

Getting Chandler helps the Raptors improve defensively and maintain an air of respectability this year while still being bad enough to miss the playoffs and get a lottery pick, then getting the cap space when Chandler’s deal expires to help their rebuilding project.  Frankly I would have rather kept Chandler to anchor the middle this year and used the cap space his expiring deal would provide next summer ourselves, but the Cats have essentially waived the white flag when it comes to being free agent players.

ASChin has already pontificated on Calderon in an earlier post; my take is fairly similar.  Calderon had a career year in 2007-08 while splitting time with TJ Ford at the point.  Calderon led the league in assist-to-turnover ratio while shooting over 50% from the field, 40% from 3PT, and 90% from FT.  As a result, the Raps traded TJ Ford away after the season and signed Calderon to the current fat deal he’s on.

However, Calderon (and the Raptors, for that matter) has struggled to meet expectations since.  He’s been hampered by injuries that have limited him to 68 games in each of the last two seasons.  Never a gifted defender to begin with, hamstring problems have rendered the Spaniard into a matador when it comes to defending quick opposing guards.  Toronto’s lack of interior defense didn’t help matters any.

Still, at his best, Calderon is a sharpshooting, efficient point guard with good size who excels at taking care of the ball and his teammates.  He’s not much of a playmaker, but under Larry Brown, the system will make the plays, not the point guard.  With Tyrus Thomas and Gerald Wallace on the court to provide help defense in the paint, his on-ball defensive deficiencies will hopefully be mitigated.

(UPDATED 11:55 PM ET)  Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski is now reporting that:

Charlotte owner Michael Jordan has had “second thoughts” on trade with Toronto and deal is suddenly in peril, league sources tell Y! Sports.

You mean I just wrote three paragraphs breaking down Jose Calderon’s career/game for nothing?!?!

-Dr. E

34 thoughts on “Calderon/Evans for Diaw/Chandler Still Not Official (UPDATED)

  1. If you read Bonnell's blog, he basically says that the deal will most likely get done once Colangelo concedes to the financial terms dictated by Jordan.

    So looks like Jose and Reggie will be on their way after all.

    DrE- Were you being serious when you typed, "I would have rather kept Chandler to anchor the middle"???

    The only things Tyson was going to "anchor" this year was:

    a.) The Payroll

    b.) The Infirmary

    Again, the Bobcats still have Mohammed, Diop and Ajinca to play center by committee and if they re-sign Theo Ratliff will essentially have the same platoon of centers that guided them to Playoffs last season. Hopefully this move will light a fire under Diop and have him start earning his hefty salary.

  2. Bonnell and a few others have insisted that the Michael Beasley trade was extinguished because of a salary cap issue on the Bobcats part. While that may have factored into it, I still insist that the Heat weren't going to ship off a potential All-Star prospect to a division rival if they could get around it. Up in Minny, the Heat will only have to deal with Beasley twice a year.

  3. Charlie

    Reggie Evans is nice addition. He not offensive at all, but he sure can rebound and play Defense with a capital D. Lets hope the Bobcats decline Ajinca's option this upcoming year. Bobcats might have one of best 1-2-3 set in league, like top 10. Calderon also isnt as bad as defender as people say, according to stats he is actually very efficient on defense and wasnt considered a bad defender until last year, when he was hampered by hamstring injury all year. Calderon per 36 minutes averages 14 9 and 3 and a steal and only 2 turnovers. Very efficient player and LB loves efficiency. You need a efficient PG with Jax because he needs ball in his hand alot to put up his stats. Calderon will possess ball more however and probably will help lower JAX TO's.

  4. Tyler

    we are probly telling toronto we arent giving up 2 starters for 1 and telling them or the suns to give us mre than Jose and Reggie

  5. Spork

    I got to thinking to myself that the "real" reason this may be getting held up is because MJ is playing "chicken" with Colangelo in that MJ is trying to dump diops contract onto the Raps. Maybe it's still wishful thinking but i would be happier if we got Diops contract off as well/instead of Chandler's because at this point I'd prefer the cap relief next year over having to have Diop stuck on the roster.

  6. Does anyone think that Jordan had "second thoughts" because another team came along with a better offer for Chandler's expiring?

    Something else in the works?

  7. Dr. E –

    I think that has to be it. $12.8 off the cap is a ton, and another team is sure to call with this trade dragging out. Minnesota and Golden State could use a big defensive center, and we could definitely use Al Jefferson and Monta Ellis. I was hoping to get more out of Tyson's gigantic exp. contract

  8. carter

    Diop and Diaw match up money wise with Evans and Calderon if Toronto does not want to give up any of their exception. That would be awesome.

  9. Justin

    As I stated yesterday, I like the deal for Calderon…I've always like his offensive game. Great shooter and can make plays when needed (he's not felton in that regard, but I'd trade that for some of the turnovers Felton committed over his 4 yrs here). But now with the deal in jeopardy, I tend to agree with you Dr E. Something more intriguing coming our way? Or did MJ realize that we were giving a bit more up for what we were receiving? As much as I like Calderon, I hate giving Chandler up in the deal as well, and feed we should get something better back then Reggie Evans.

  10. Let's hope that Jordan heard a better offer from someone, or is at least bluffing to get more from the Raptors/Suns.

    So, there's a bunch of talk about the Cats giving up two starters for Calderon and a sub. On the surface that doesn't sound good for the Cats, but that's not exactly an accurate description of the situation.

    Tyson Chandler wasn't really a starter for Charlotte. Michael Jordan can't be too happy to look at his bank account and see that he paid Chandler just under $10 million to dress for 51 games, start only 21, and average just 21 minutes for those games. As for stats – the dude only contributed about 6.5 points and just over 6 rebounds per game.

    Old man Nazr Mohammed played and started more games that Tyson – and he had a higher points-per-game average. I'm not trying to argue that Nazr has more "upside", just that Tyson is really that bad. Any deal to unload him would look attractive to Jordan.

  11. Tyler

    people on Raptors Republic are calling MJ a punk and are bashing him because he reconsidered the trade after telling everybody they were being traded. its bad over there they are really being babys

  12. Brett

    Don't worry about the craptors. They just want every Euro guy in the league so they are frustrated when MJ refuses to be hog tied in a deal that doesn't give us good value for TC.

  13. Tyler

    is this something that MJ, LB, and Rod decided to do together or did MJ just say no i dnt wana trade Tyson because if thts the case MJ needs to just listen to LB

  14. Brett

    His agent confirmed with yet another sketchy source that he is being traded (instead of chandler I think Jordan wants to shop elsewhere with chandler. This was earlier in the morning i heard that im not sure if anything has come of it since.

  15. Dirty Dan

    Defintely agree with Brett on the fact that we wouldn't get enough for TC's huge expiring. Calderon is a nice upgrade over felton, but just not worth what they want in return. Diaw is gone, if not to TOR, then somewhere else. But Chandler is good enough that i wouldnt just make him a thorw in. He is going to play hard since its a contract year, so unless we can package him for something beast, I say move Diaw and Diop for a PG and let Chandler play out his deal.

  16. Mathodical

    "Don’t worry about the craptors. They just want every Euro guy in the league so they are frustrated when MJ refuses to be hog tied in a deal that doesn’t give us good value for TC."

    So wait…we like Euros so we're mad that we cant give you one of our European players? No I think most Raptors fans(rational ones like me) are mad that we basically said goodbye to a player who was here for 6 years and then suddenly we have him back it creates conflicting emotions.

    TC would have fit in well and we could have used the cap space we'd save next year with Jose and TC off the books, that being said appearantly Chandler has been shipped to Dallas for Dampier.

    Best of luck to you guys

  17. Justin

    Guys, what is going on here? What kind of trade is that with Dallas?? And still….WHO IS OUR PG? Is the deal with Calderon for Diaw still happening? Dampier is now our center, or does he get shipped out immediately, or released?

  18. Leroy

    WTF is jordan thinking…..im confused….

    so it means now we are not shipping out diaw? so diaw is really magic johnson the 2nd? LOL

    matt carroll has 3 years left and najera has 2 years left…dampier. almost the same kind of contract chandler has….

    better trade for a pg….

    i would rather have give up both starters for calderon over this trade unless jordan does something else after this.

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