After weeks of rumors involving All-Stars like Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Jimmy Butler, the Cavs have finally made an addition to the roster.
It’s just not a significant addition.
The Cavs have reached an agreement with veteran point guard Jose Calderon on a one year deal worth the veteran’s minimum ($2.3 million).
The 35 year old spent last season with the Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks. He played in 41 games and averaged 3.4 points per game in 13.1 minutes per game. It was his worst season as a pro.
This upcoming season will be his 13th in the NBA. He’s spent time with Toronto, Detroit, Dallas, New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta. His career averages are 9.6 points and 6.2 assists per game and shoots 41% from three point distance.
The Cavs failed to address the backup point guard position last season after Matthew Dellavedova left for Milwaukee in free agency.
Mo Williams retired and then un-retired but didn’t play because of a knee injury and guys like Kay Felder and Deron Williams underwhelmed.
I don’t expect much from Calderon and I question why Cleveland wanted him when other point guards were available on the market and likely could’ve got them at the same price.
The team needed to inject some youth into the roster that’s the oldest in the NBA and just got older with the addition of Calderon.
Guys like Ramon Sessions, Darren Collison and Michael Carter-Williams (who has an agreement with Charlotte) are on the open market and would’ve been much better options.
Calderon barely played for a terrible team like the Lakers. He’s a decent shooter but can’t play a lick of defense which is another major need for this roster.
Unless he visited the fountain of youth, I really don’t like this signing.