Just 18 games from being the Toronto Raptors' all-time leader in games played, it was understandable Jose Calderon would be a little emotional about leaving Toronto, the only NBA franchise he has known.
"It's hard," Calderon said after learning he had been traded to the Detroit Pistons. "It's been my home for eight years. I've done everything possible for this team. The fans have been with me since day one. It's tough."
Calderon was the Pistons' prize in a stunningly fast flurry of activity Wednesday that saw Rudy Gay head to Toronto and Pistons Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye to Memphis.
Calderon traveled to Detroit on Thursday and likely will take his physical this morning. It's not clear when he will suit up for the Pistons -- the process can be tricky since he is a Spaniard now playing in the U.S. instead of in Canada. He will talk to the media today after a team shootaround.
"We've always had a high value on Jose," coach Lawrence Frank said after the Pistons' loss at Indiana on Wednesday. "He's a tremendous competitor. He's a guy who has been top five in the league in assists for the past four or five years. It gives us flexibility moving forward."
The financial ramifications of the deal for the Pistons are obvious -- Calderon's $10.5 million comes off the books after this season.
If they do nothing else through the Feb. 21 trade deadline, Charlie Villanueva picks up his $8.5-million option for next season, and they decide to keep Rodney Stuckey for the full $8.5 million for next season, the Pistons will be roughly $20 million-$23 million under the cap. If they decide to invoke the amnesty clause on Villanueva during a weeklong window in July and cut Stuckey (they would owe him $4 million) before the June 30 deadline, the total could move to roughly $30 million-$35 million.
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