Pistons recruiting Jose Calderon as his free agency nears

Terry Foster of The Detroit News:

Pistons coach Lawrence Frank admits the recruiting process has already begun.

"That’s every day," Frank said. "There is not a lot of window dressing. … We are going to do things the right way. It’s a great opportunity both ways. It is an opportunity for us to show him what we can offer and it is a chance for him to show what he can offer. It is a great opportunity for both sides."

The Pistons shouldn’t necessarily re-sign Jose Calderon, who will turn 32 before next season, but it would be nice to have the option. He’s a good starter-level player, one of only three the Pistons have. With the right offseason, Detroit could become a threat to win playoff series as soon as next season, and Calderon would definitely help achieve that goal.

But if the Pistons choose to get younger for another year or can’t use their cap room to add more talent or take any other route that delays success beyond 2013-14, re-signing Calderon could become a poor option. He’s getting older and won’t remain at this level forever. I really only want him beyond this season if the Pistons immediately improve around him.

In the meantime, it sounds like the Pistons are taking the best approach. Hopefully, the Pistons making clear that they had coveted him long before acquiring will help sway Calderon. But I’d think one of the biggest selling points during the season would be playing with Andre Drummond. Unfortunately, that can’t happen for a while.

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