By MIKE DEWITT
WXYZ Sports Intern
The Pistons sent Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye to the Memphis Grizzlies and, in return, received Toronto Raptors point guard Jose Calderon to complete the three-team trade
Why would the Pistons trade for another point guard when they already have Will Bynum, Brandon Knight, and Rodney Stuckey on the roster?
For starters, Tayshaun Prince was owed a lot of money the next two seasons and trading Prince saved the Pistons $15 Million. This deal puts the Pistons $30-35 million under the cap for this upcoming summer.
Jose Calderon has an expiring contract that will add to the Pistons’ cap space. Calderon’s $10.5 million dollar salary will come off the books after this season.
What gets lost in the talk about cap space and expiring contracts is that Calderon is a solid point guard.
Calderon was drafted by the Raptors in 2005 after playing 6 years of professional basketball in Spain. He has played in 3 Olympics and won silver medals in 2008 and 2012.
In the NBA, Calderon has been a very efficient player. In fact, according to Player Efficiency Rating on ESPN, this season Calderon is the most efficient player involved in this trade. His PER ranks him 8th among point guards.
During the 2010-2011 season, Calderon ranked fifth in assists per game with 8.9. For his career, Calderon averages 10 points per game and 7.2 assists per game.
This deal was made, primarily, to create cap space for the Pistons, but Detroit received a quality point guard who can run an offense efficiently.
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