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The New York Knicks are reportedly still actively trying to trade veteran point guard Jose Calderon to get his contract off their books for next season.
Calderon was brought in last summer to play an integral role in the team running the triangle offense and helping the Knicks make the playoffs.
However, much like the Knicks as a whole, it hasn’t quite worked out for the veteran at Madison Square Garden, and with the franchise in rebuild mode, he will likely be sacrificed in the coming weeks.
“A source said the Knicks are actively trying to unload guard Jose Calderon’s contract. Calderon is owed $7.4m in 2015/16, and $7.7m in 2016/17,” Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports reported.
The 33-year-old will be a problem for the Knicks given those contract numbers, and there is also the suggestion that he is suffering from a natural decline this season.
While that can be countered with an argument that the Knicks are just struggling as a whole around him, Calderon is shooting a steady 41.5 percent from three but is struggling to get his shot going inside 10 feet of the rim.
As a result, it would take a team willing to take a risk on Calderon being able to hold off father time a little longer and produce some quality basketball over the next year or so.
The Knicks are seemingly looking to make as much cap space as possible ahead of free agency, and with JR Smith, Iman Shumpert, Samuel Dalembert and others having already left the team this year, it is expected that a few more will follow them out of the exit door in the coming weeks.