Originally Posted by Gus Hemmingway
Why would Jose make the team?
He may not, but there are a few reasons they might...
1. Until IT gets back, Rose would be the only PG on the roster (not including LBJ obviously). They did the same thing with Kyrie to start the season last year and it really hurt the second unit, imo.
2. They just signed him to a vet minimum deal and teams don't like to sign guys and cut them before they even get a chance to suit up once.
3. He is apparently a very good lockerroom influence and could maybe offset some of the egos this team has (Derrick Rose being at the front of that line).
4. Future veterans may think twice about signing in Cleveland if they think the team will dump them without even giving it a chance to work. And, Calderon is pretty well regarded around the league from what I've heard (ie liked by other players).
All of that being said, odds are both Osman and Zizic are going to be on this roster opening night and if the Cavs remain unsuccessful in trying to trade Shump, they may have no choice but to cut Calderon. Usually, there are a couple spots at the end of the bench for player/coach type guys just to maintain a positive presence in the lockerroom and to do some spot/clean-up duty. Think James Jones as a good example.
The depth on this team may not allow for that to happen, though.