July 6, 2016, 7:38 pm
The Lakers have reportedly convinced Chicago to trade Jose Calderon to them instead of the Brooklyn Nets.
What a night it’s been in NBA free agency. It’s a questionable move for the Lakers who have promising young point-guards in D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson. Calderon will step in as the back-up point guard and will likely mentor the young guards while commanding the second unit. The deal will cost the Lakers 7.7M in the upcoming season and will be an unrestricted free-agent the following season, which made him an attractive trade chip. Calderon has excellent passing ability and proven 3-point range but he’s been in a noticeable decline over the past few seasons. He can be safely ignored in standard league drafts. In another plot twist on an evening with many of them, Adrian Wojnarowski is now reporting that there was never a discussion on Calderon to the Nets. He reports that the Nets were motivated to keep Dwyane Wade in Miami to reduce the chances of the Heat matching the Net’s offer on swingman Tyler Johnson. The Lakers will reportedly send the Bulls two future second round picks and rights to an undetermined player in exchange for the Spaniard.