Diaw Trade Redux

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Wouldn’t you know it, my ISP was down for three hours just as the plot thickens.

The Observer’s Rick Bonnell, the Toronto Star’s Doug Smith and Slam online are all reporting that the previously confirmed Diaw trade will now include Jose Calderon moving to Charlotte.  There is also speculation that Tyson Chandler and his expiring $12.75 million dollar contract may be moved to Toronto as well.

UPDATE 3:11pm – Radio Reports (as well as the Sun) coming out of Toronto have backup power forward Reggie Evans and his $5 million expiring contract joining Calderon in route to Charlotte.  Coupled with Chandler’s departure, move would put the ‘Cats around $10 million below the luxury tax line for this season and approximately $8 million below the League’s salary cap for 2011-2012.

ANALYSIS (CALDERON): While I’m surprised that Larry Brown would approve of such a trade, the Bobcats will be bringing in a 28 year old (soon to be 29 year old) Spanish point guard who is not exactly known for his defensive capabilities.  Did I mention that this near 30 year old point guard is due an additional 3 years $30 million dollars on his current contract?
All that said, I actually like the move.  At 6-3, 210 Calderon has the size that the Bobcats have lacked at the position for years.  Jose has also ranked in the League’s top 5 in Pure Point Ratio – he has an extremely low turnover ratio (less than one turnover for every 15 minutes played for his career) and shoots at an exceptional percentage from both the floor and the charity stripe.

At first glance, Calderon is kind of an Anti-Felton.  Poor defender, great court vision, and a steady shooter who doesn’t turn the ball over.  It will be interesting to see what sort of success Jose has under Larry Brown, especially since he’ll be coming into the system this late into his career.  Still, Calderon’s strengths should make up for many of his short-comings – Bobcats fans will certainly see less unforced turnovers from the position next season – and his defensive liabilities will be masked somewhat by his teammates excellence at that end of the court.  Toronto didn’t exactly have any All-Defense candidates like Gerald Wallace, Stephen Jackson or Tyrus Thomas playing alongside Calderon during the past few seasons.

Post will be updated as more information is made available.

-ASChin

Twitter: @bobcatsbaseline

33 thoughts on “Diaw Trade Redux

  1. Br2850

    How much cap Space would we have now since Chandler is going and Jose Calderon is coming. P.S. Jose Calderon is a considerably better shooter and passer than Raymond. ( Gerald & Calderon Alley-Opps All Game Long) Playoffs BABY !!!

  2. Br2850-

    Cap space depends on who is coming and who is going. If Chandler stays then the 'Cats at the razor's edge of the luxury tax. If he goes and the Raps send back Reggie "Nut Puncher" Evans then they'll be an additional $7 million below the tax line.

  3. Ben-

    Whoa, buddy. I'm with you on wanting an All-Star but look at the current landscape. There are at least four-five teams $20 million+ under the cap and not many great free agents left on the market. Calderon is probably a better fit for what Larry Brown wants than Monta Ellis. Brown was infuriated by the team's turnovers (CLT ranked 2nd overall in the League in turnovers per game — next closest Playoff team was Boston at #9).

    Calderon takes care of the ball and distributes the ball. Brown will work with him and around him on defense. Think they see him as a poor man's Steve Nash.

    No need to worry about the center position. Bobcats made the Playoffs last year with Theo Ratliff and Nazr Mohammed in the middle for most of the year.

  4. Justin-

    (from previous post)

    In regards to the center position:

    Even if Chandler is included in this deal I don't expect the Bobcats to make any major moves for a center. Outside of Kwame Brown and Brad Miller, there aren't many names on the open market.

    Actually, I expect the team to re-sign Theo Ratliff and go into next season with Mohammed, Diop and Theo manning the middle by committee while the team crosses their fingers in hopes that Alexis Ajinca pans out.

    Mohammed was, after all, ranked 9th in the NBA in PER for the season.

    The team could also put together a package for the Clips Chris Kaman at some point as he has been on the Bobcats radar for some years now.

    SALARY:

    Also if backup PF Reggie Evans and Tyson Chandler are included in the deal, the Bobcats will be approx. $10 million underneath the luxury tax this season and around $8 million underneath the salary cap next season.

  5. RobC

    I truly like the idea of bring Shaq, however, i think Brad Miller is a more realistic option.

    On the other hand, if someone can convince Shaq (defensive minded Center) to play here is MJ. He would definetly be in the spotlight and the Bobcats would have a pretty decent team, as long as we can get someone else, such as Flip & Graham again.

    Calderon/DJ

    Jackson/Henderson/Flip

    Wallace/Brown/Graham

    Thomas/Evans/McGuire

    Shaq/Nazr/Ajinca/Diop

  6. Mathodical-

    Thanks for the kind words. Yeah, big difference is that Jose will now have defensive minded coach with at least 3-4 very good defenders on the floor with him at all times.

    Interested to see how all the chips fall for Toronto as well. Still can't believe that Colangelo got out from under that Hedu contract. Wow.

    All-

    I'm on the other side of the world for the next few months and it's 2:30am here. Dr. E will be taking over as soon as he finishes up his doctorly duties and then I'll be back later in the evening.

    Enjoy the offseason madness Bobcats fans…

  7. Justin

    Appreciate your insight as always ASChin!!

    Shaq is out of the question in my mind…he wants to play for a contender and as much as I want to see the Cats contend, it's not going to be this year. But this team can make more strides this year. We need to make a run in the playoffs this year. I'd be ok with the them resigning Ratliff. He was a nice surprise when he came over from SA, and if Nazr and Diop can give decent mins, we'll be ok at center. I didn't think resigning Theo was an option, but I think it will work out. Would love to see Kaman here, but if there is any way we can make a run at Paul, they need to go for it. I think it will be next year, or maybe a trade deadline deal, depending on where both us and the Hornets are in the playoff race come that time…but it won't be before then. I was hoping for an Al Jefferson move as well, but they are clearing putting all their chips intp Tyrus at the 4, and I think it's a good move. Can't wait for the season to start, and it's only July!!

  8. RobC

    However, if a trade were to be made, it would be nice to trade Nazr, Ajinca & Raja's $3M Exception for Kris Kaman (prefred) or Al Jefferson and use him at Center. Jefferson can play that position very well, even more in the Eastern Conference plus Larry Brown will show him and Calderon how to become average defenders "at least". However, I'd prefer Kaman. Then offer Brad Miller the MLE/2Yrs and resign Flip, Graham and maybe Theo ratliff. That would put the Bobcats in the Eastern Top 4-5.

    Calderon/DJ

    Jackson/Henderson/Flip

    Wallace/Brown/Graham

    Thomas/Evans/McGuire

    Kaman/Miller/Theo/Diop

    Now we are talking…Miami, bring it on!!!

    lol…!!! :-)

  9. RobC

    Heck,

    Let's add the Clippers into this trade. Send calderon to the Clippers, with Nazr, Ajinca and Raja's $3M Exception and get Kris Kaman and Baron Davis. That would save both the Clippers and Toronto a ton of money and the Bobcats become a great team, adding an former and current All-Star, average defenders that can score, rebound, assist and run a team.

  10. Justin

    Personally, I don't want Baron back in Charlotte. Great when he was young, but I think he's dropping off. I'd like to see what calderon can do for a year….I'm still holding out hope for CP3 in 2011, possibly before?!?!

  11. RobC

    Hey, what is Raymond Felton doing up there…take down his "mural". What about Tyrus Thomas, hey you might need to add Jose Calderon later on. lol!!!

  12. I'd hate to trade Chandler's $12.75M exp contract and not get an All-Star, especially if we have to include Diaw too. I woulda preferred Monta Ellis or Big Al for Chandler's contract. With Diaw and Chandler (possibly) gone and Calderon in, that's about $11M salary cap space. That clears the way for Al Jefferson (who'd end up starting at center) for maybe Naz's expiring contract. If this trade happens, we'll need front line help because all we have now is Naz, Tyrus, Ajinca, Diop, and Derrick Brown.

  13. Tyler

    i still dnt get it we give up 2 starters for 1 starter and 2 bench players i wonder if some of this info. is a lil false or they have something planned with all this extra money

  14. Tyler

    and people are saying Jose is a better shooter then Raymond but Raymond over his whole career has had mre PPG is it just Raymond took mre shots or wat?

  15. Tyler-

    Teaming Big Al and Calderon ain't gonna work as long as Larry Brown is the coach.

    Shaq is an intriguing idea. I believe that the team could use part of their (if not the full) mid-level to bring him on for a season or two.

  16. Mathodical

    As a Raptors fan I think this trade works for both sides, you guys get cap relief and a good PG, who while he is, (and im not just being biased here) a terrible terrible man on man defender he could improve with larry brown coaching him. All in all good trade, the Raps needed a guy like Chandler since Bargs is softer than elavator musi

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