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Old 03-20-2008, 01:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Sun: Calderon Will Be Costly

[Captain Obvious]Did you guys hear? Jose's a RFA this summer and is going to command some big dollars. I don't think we can keep him. We're screwed. [/Captain Obvious]

Originally Posted by Frank Zicarelli
While there's no point in debating the merits at the point position, at least for now, the Raptors will, however, be faced with a pivotal question.

Talk to people in the NBA and they will tell you, off the record, of course, that the Raptors can't afford to have both Jose Calderon and T.J. Ford on the same roster come next season.

The bottom line is the bottom line with Calderon becoming a restricted free agent on July 1.

The Raptors have already stated they will match whatever offer is presented to Calderon, who is enjoying a break-out season, even at a time when his game has suffered in recent weeks.

Ford will make $8.3 million US next season. Calderon earns $2.5 million this year, but many believe he's in line for a raise that could quadruple his salary next year.

Besides the money, insiders insist Ford will not accept a long-term role as a backup.
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