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Jose Calderon traded to the Lakers - Lakers Pulse

Jose Calderon traded to the Lakers

Jose Calderon traded to the Lakers

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To say the last 30 minutes of NBA free agency has been crazy is a glorious understatement. It was announced at approximately 7:00pm Pacific time that the long time Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade is signing a two year year 47 million dollar deal with the Bulls.

This sent shock waves throughout the NBA world, as it was clear the Miami Heat weren’t willing to give Wade what he wanted to remain with the team.  Most importantly it meant that the bulls needed to off load contracts in order to pay wade that amount.  Shortly after the deal was confirmed the Lakers swooped in.

Jose Calderon and Mike Dunleavy were the two contracts that the Bulls had to off load. The Lakers still needed a backup PG and Calderon was a solid one.  Brooklyn jumped on it first, but the Lakers swooped in and took the expiring contract on the backup guard.  More details are still coming so stay tuned for updates.

Jose Calderon is a solid backup point guard that is a better defender and better overall shooter than Marcelo Huertas.  With an expiring contract he was a no brainier for the Lakers.  Jose Calderon averaged 7.6 points per game and 4.2 assists starting for the New York Knicks. He was subsequently traded to the Bulls in a deal that sent Derrick Rose to the Knicks.  Unfortunately, this will likely be the end of Marcelo Huertas in a Laker uniform. [Editors note: That’s up for debate.]

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