Chisholm: Trade Calderon for Rubio
Old 06-24-2009, 09:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Let's just lay this out for a second; while Rubio may not be ready to come in and change a club tomorrow, his basketball I.Q. and point guard skill set are jaw-dropping for an 18-year-old player. He sees the floor like few who play the game do and he could do wonders creating offense for a team that has so few players who can do that for themselves. He excels in an up-tempo system, where the ball is in his hands and he's making plays for others, he is an active and willing defender with good size for the position (6'5) and his star is only going to get brighter. While he still needs to work out some kinks in his jumper, the same challenge was been laid at the rookie feet of Derrick Rose, Chris Paul and Tony Parker so it can be done.

More than anything, though, Rubio would give the Raptors something special to look forward to in the age of the point guard. While Jose Calderon has been a steady hand at the position for years for the club, and will likely continue to be, he is what he is. He gets people the ball in spots where they can be most effective, but he doesn't really create for them. He plays the game with a savvy determinism, but he doesn't control it, he doesn't manipulate the game to his will. Rubio has that in him, he possesses that special ability of a player who can bend the game around him.

Sacrificing a fan favorite like Calderon, of course, would be tough, but Rubio possesses many of the same fan friendly attributes with a more visually appealing game. He's more comfortable running the Raptors' style of offense and he plays better defense than Calderon, and the OKC scenario allows the Raps to still kick the tires on one of the players they're already considering at nine. Plus, the trade gives the team a $6.6-million payroll reduction next summer to play with on the open market.
I just can't see BC doing this. Interesting though that Calderon's name has been brought up in trade possibilities by Jack Armstrong, ESPN, Chisholm the last few days.
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Old 06-24-2009, 09:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Everyone is probably going to think it would be a counter-productive move, trading Calderon for a package including Rubio...

But we've all seen how important guard play has become this year [especially in the playoffs] and to have a kid like Rubio would give us a foundation piece that can be built upon with Bargnani for a long time.
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Old 06-24-2009, 09:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If Rubio is better than Calderon-why would any team trade Rubio for him?
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Old 06-24-2009, 09:53 PM   #4 (permalink)
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1. They make some blockbuster and want to win now
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Old 06-24-2009, 09:55 PM   #5 (permalink)
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because you know what you will get with calde... rubios game may not translate to the nba, but if it does, he has the potential to be a much better player than calderon
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Old 06-24-2009, 09:58 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Rubio doesn't want to be in Memphis! Nobody does, really!
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Old 06-24-2009, 11:16 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Old 06-24-2009, 11:42 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Not gonna happen this year till the Bosh thingy get settled. No way they go to a rookie to lead this team right now!
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Old 06-24-2009, 11:46 PM   #9 (permalink)
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If Colangelo is serious at all about keeping Bosh then he doesn't move Calderon to get a rookie PG. Big if though...
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Old 06-24-2009, 11:51 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I would do Jose for Rubio in a second.
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Old 06-25-2009, 12:00 AM   #11 (permalink)
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It might make sense if Bosh is also traded in a separate deal. Otherwise I agree that it's unlikely if the Raps intend to convince Bosh to stay.
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Old 06-25-2009, 12:12 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I'd easily do Jose + #9 for Udrih + #4 if Rubio somehow falls that low.
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I'd easily do Jose + #9 for Udrih + #4 if Rubio somehow falls that low.
I would just straight up make a package involving Bosh to Sacramento...

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K-Mart
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Udrih is a waste of money.
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Old 06-25-2009, 01:23 AM   #15 (permalink)
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uh i dont think it would be wise to do that. Rubio is a rookie, rookies make rookie mistakes. He needs a vet PG to mentor him and help him around. He is only human. Might look good on paper, but you gotta factor in the other causes of the situation. One could be the pysche of rubio.
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Old 06-25-2009, 01:31 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I'd do it if we get another pick or a good role player for a reasonable price besides Rubio.

I think Rubio fits better in the NBA than Calderon does. It's very obvious to my eyes. BTW, I like Calderon a lot and not willing to give him away unless there is something big.
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Old 06-25-2009, 02:12 AM   #17 (permalink)
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if we got rubio and k-mart out of Bosh haha we are doooooomed!!!!
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