Thursday , Aug , 12 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Jose Calderon for T.J. Ford?

The four-team, five-player trade that went down on Wednesday could have actually been a lot bigger, according to a league source.

The Bobcats and Raptors nearly got involved in the fray.

Under one additional wrinkle, Charlotte would have sent Erick Dampier to Indiana, the Pacers would have shipped T.J. Ford to the Raptors and the Bobcats would have acquired Jose Calderon.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Oh, the irony.

In 2008, GM Bryan Colangelo and the Toronto Raptors decided they couldn’t have the two-headed monster of Jose Calderon and T.J. Ford at point guard.

So Ford, and what was left of his $33 million contract, was traded to the Indiana Pacers for Jermaine O’Neal. Calderon was then re-signed to a five-year, $45 million deal, and named the starter.

Two years later, both are struggling. Ford had a mediocre 2009. He spent 2010 chained to the bench. Meanwhile, Calderon has shown his defense and health isn’t good enough to be Toronto`s full-time starter.

Colangelo, who has spent his off-season making band-aid moves, considered swapping the former teammates for each other.

Yes, Calderon to the Bobcats. Erick Dampier to the Pacers. Ford to the Raptors.  

This would work. Calderon’s statuesque defence and pricey big-ticket would come off the books. Ford would back-up Jarrett Jack. Best of all, his big-ticket expires at season’s end.

Maybe this is enough for Colangelo to re-visit the past and re-acquire Ford.

–Oly Sandor.

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