Pistons free agent guard Jose Calderon turned down a multi-year offer to sign in Sacramento. When Calderon said no the Kings pulled the trigger to get Vasquez, the third-year guard who finished second in this year’s Most Improved Player balloting and third (9.0) in the league in assists per game.
The 31-year-old Calderon is looking for a team that’s a little further ahead in the rebuilding process than the Kings, who are just a couple of months removed from the team being acquired by a group led by Vivek Ranadive that kept it in Sacramento.
"It just wasn’t the right timing for him right now," agent Mark Bartlestein said of Calderon and the Kings. "They did a great job. They have a great vision for where they’re going with the franchise. They have a ton of energy. It’s just where Jose is, they’re rebuilding and everything, it just wasn’t the right fit right now."
On the bright side (if you want the Pistons to keep him), Jose Calderon is at least considering rebuilding teams. On the down side, he already rejected one.
We can quibble about whether the Pistons or Kings are further in their rebuilding process, and maybe that will matter to Calderon. But I suspect, if Calderon re-signs with Detroit, money will be the driving factor.
Really, it seems increasingly likely he’s headed elsewhere – though that’s far from a certainty. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:
Jose Calderon hasn’t decided on a team yet and will continue negotiating elsewhere, including a return to Detroit, sources tell Y!