It will not have the same effect as LeBron James leaving, but the Cavs are losing another veteran from last year’s team.
As first reported by ESPN’s Chris Haynes, veteran point guard Jose Calderon has agreed to sign a one-year, $2.4 million deal with the Pistons, reuniting him with Dwane Casey, who he played for in Toronto:
Free agent Jose Calderon agrees to a one-year, $2.4 million deal with Detroit, league sources tell ESPN.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 2, 2018
Last season, the 36-year-old Calderon played in 57 games for the Cavs and was at times a stabilizing presence on the court. He also started three playoff games.
Moving forward, the Cavs will not miss Calderon on the court. He’s in the latter stages of his career, had a hard time last season defending and has a limited, if effective, offensive skillset.
But off the court, Cleveland may miss Calderon. He spent a lot of time off the court working with younger players like Cedi Osman and Ante Zizic and helped them adjust to the NBA. On a team that is possibly heading into a rebuild, or at the very least as a transition to something new, Calderon could have had some value, especially with the Cavs having just drafted a young point guard in Collin Sexton.
With Calderon gone, the Cavs’ remaining point guards are Sexton, George Hill and Jordan Clarkson.