The primary reason for the Detroit Pistons’ willingness to participate in the Rudy Gay blockbuster trade was to create cap space for the summer, as Jose Calderon’s contract will come off the books.
Pistons have a nice young core of players to build around, but could very well offer Calderon a new contract this summer, assuming his salary demands are reasonable, according to Vince Ellis of Detroit Free Press:
A Pistons source said the team is open to trying to re-sign Calderon over the summer, adding that the team thinks his playmaking skill would be a major boon to rookie center Andre Drummond.
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.
Obviously, Calderon will be a free agent and free to go where he pleases. If the Pistons amnesty Charlie Villanueva’s contract, which is very likely, the team will have plenty of cap space this summer to afford the veteran point guard.
Detroit will be looking to land a big time free agent this summer, but that doesn’t mean that Calderon won’t fit in Detroit. The veteran leadership that he provides will most definitely speed up the development of the team’s youngsters.
A lot will depend on how the rest of the season plays out. If the 31-year-old Spaniard fits right in with his new team, he could opt to stay put. While has not yet practiced with his new team, it is possible that he makes his debut tonight.