The Toronto Raptors are quietly getting unexpected moral support from the Los Angeles Lakers in their quest to sign Steve Nash.
Reason being: Sources say the Lakers -- as long as they retain Pau Gasol -- have an inside track to sign point guard Jose Calderon if the Raptors, as expected, must amnesty Calderon's contract to create the needed salary-cap space to sign Nash.
And as long as Calderon, in that scenario, manages to go unclaimed by teams under the salary cap that, as per league rules, are given first crack at signing players released through the amnesty clause.
ESPN.com reported early Saturday that the Raptors are planning a three-year offer to Nash worth $36 million.
It is widely assumed in NBA front-office circles that the Raptors will amnesty Calderon and the $10.6 million he's owed next season to maximize their cap flexibility.
That alone won't get the Spaniard to the point guard-hungry Lakers. Calderon would have to clear waivers through the amnesty process before he'd be free to choose his next team.
If Calderon does make it that far, though, sources say he's excited about the prospect of playing with Gasol in L.A.
Sources say Calderon would also have interest in teaming with Luis Scola wherever the Argentinean lands after ESPN.com reported Saturday that the Houston Rockets are actively trying to trade Scola. Miami and San Antonio are two more teams known to intrigue Calderon if he gets the chance to pick his next destination.
A 3 year 36 mill offer to a 38 year old Nash. Unreal. I thought it would be a stupid offer but I didn't think it would be THAT stupid. I can't really see the guy turning down such an offer unless he is strongly opposed to playing for us. Money wise I don't think any other team with cap room is gonna make that big of an offer. But anyways I find it interesting about the teams interested in Jose and I still think that if BC had been more active and persistent in trying to trade him we could've gotten some value back. Oh well though, I do like him as a player but I wouldn't be mad.
Of course they would. Calderon is still a solid player. He's just not much of a fit for a rebuilding team like the Raptors ar...uh... were.
He'd be a great fit on a team where he isn't required to be the primary ball-handler. Let Kobe do his thing, spot up on the perimeter and get ready to get a ton of open 3's. Then run some pick and rolls with Gasol and Bynum.
I dont see how we can offer both batum and nash a contract?
Batum would also have to be atleast 12/.
Unless they are heavily escalating.
The next GM is going to love that.
Calderon would be awesome on the Lakers. I hope it works out for him, but I doubt he would make it there if amnestied. I'm sure some other team under the tax would through 3-5 million at him for one year in a bid.
I'm all for chasing Nash, but that's too much! I was hoping that at the worst it would be 30M over 3 years. How will they offer batum anything lucrative? I wonder if the raps are willing to go over the cap? I doubt it though.
This. If we could do that, then I would hope to amnesty kleiza to open more SF minutes for a free agent SF. But would BC get rid of Val's countryman?
I'm hoping Valanciunas doesn't need to be babied that much to keep a useless player like Kleiza on the roster. I know Bargnani probably calls for someone from the management to wipe his ass every time he takes a dump but let's not start the babying with Val as well.
The Raptors reportedly already have interesting Batum who is an SF. James Johnson, an SF, is better than Kleiza. Derozan and/or Ross will probably see some time at SF as well.