The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to terms on a buyout with Jose Calderon, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical and later made official by the team. Calderon intends to sign with the Golden State Warriors once he clears waivers.
Calderon appeared in only 24 games for the Lakers this season. He averaged 3.3 points and 2.1 assists per contest while shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc.
While Calderon was not a huge part of the Lakers’ on-court product, he did bring two second-round picks to LA through a trade with the Chicago Bulls.
Calderon’s buy-out gives the Lakers a roster spot that they will presumably use on young flyers from the D-League. This marks the second such move by LA who also traded Marcelo Huertas for Tyler Ennis, a younger guard they can attempt to develop.
This is a smart decision by the new-look Lakers’ front office who appear to still be focusing on the youth movement instead of keeping veterans on the roster. For Calderon, the move allows the veteran point guard to join a contending team and compete for an NBA championship.
We wish Jose Calderon all the best with his future team after his season with the Lakers.