Jose Calderon reportedly contemplating retirement
Jose Calderon, at age 37, is a free agent and has not been able to land an NBA contract. Last season he played a limited role in Detroit, serving mostly as a third-string point guard on a team not consistent at that position. He played a career-low 12.9 minutes a game in the 49 games where he got on the court.
Calderon, who will turn 38 before next season starts, said he has no interest in returning to play in his native Spain, where he spent seven seasons before coming to the NBA in 2005. After returning from a UNICEF initiative to Lebanon to help refugee children there, he reportedly has stopped working out to prepare for the season.
It’s possible that once teams get to training camp, and then the season starts, some team will either realize they need veteran depth at the point or face an injury and give Calderon a call (the free agent veteran point guard pool has dried up some). However, this also could be the end of the line for Calderon as a player after 895 career NBA games.
Calderon has 14 NBA seasons, the first half of that time with the Raptors before bouncing around to the Pistons, Mavericks, Knicks, Lakers, Hawks, and Cavaliers.