Jose Calderon excited to be first point guard in Knicks’ triangle offense

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Jose Calderon will be the first point guard to run the triangle offense under the new Knicks’ hierarchy of President Phil Jackson and head coach Derek Fisher.

USATSI_7896654_110579513_lowresAnd the 32-year-old Spaniard is excited about what’s ahead.

“I think it’s a great opportunity,” Calderon said Friday on a conference call. “I think the triangle offense fits me really well. I’ve been looking at that and it should be great.”

Calderon, 32, just finished the first season of a four-year, $28 million contract with Dallas. He is considered a defensive liability but a strong 3-point shooter. He averaged 11.4 points and shot 45 per cent from beyond the arc last season.

“I’ll be able to open the floor for all the guys,” Calderon said. “I’m a pass-first point guard, I try to share the ball as much as possible. And I’m a team player. I try to put the team first. I never am going to worry about anything else but the team.”

Calderon conceded that playing the triangle is “going to be a challenge for a little bit” and that he plans to get “there [to camp] at the beginning and start early.”

He said he believes that having a rookie coach in Fisher won’t be an issue, and that Fisher is ready to lead.

“I think he was thinking about it and he’ll be ready for sure,” Calderon said.

Calderon said Andrea Bargnani, his former teammate with the Toronto Raptors, texted to congratulate him after the trade that brought Calderon, Sam Dalembert, Shane Larkin, Wayne Ellington and draft picks to the Knicks in exchange for Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton.

Calderon said he believes he can “help” Bargnani, who did not mesh with the Knicks last season and then was lost to an elbow injury at midseason.

“I’ll try to put him in the right situation to be successful,” Calderon said, adding that he thought Bargnani was a key player in Toronto.

“He’s a 7-footer who can spread the floor for everybody. It’s about confidence. He played really good in Toronto. He’s a guy that’s going to be really important for sure.”

Calderon hasn’t spoken yet with Carmelo Anthony, who has opted out and will reportedly soon meet with the Mavericks, Rockets and Bulls, among others.

If Anthony comes back to the Knicks, Calderon is looking forward to playing with him and said he can help make it easier on the All-Star forward by spreading the floor and getting him the ball when and where he needs it.

“He’s a great player and I would love to play with him,” Calderon said of Anthony. “I think I can take a lot of pressure off of him and get him the ball when he’s ready for it.

“And because of my 3-point ability I can give him a little bit more space” to operate in isolation.

Calderon said he he hopes Anthony stays in New York.

“He’s a great player, one of the best,” he said. “Anything I can do to make him stay [I will] for sure.”


Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider for NBA.com and SNY.tv. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.

 




280 comments
MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Lets see if Chris herring sticks with his story about Melo def. gone.....

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Hahn Solo-Best radio show on ESPN ny....billy d close 2nd.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

im having a hard time finding a team with 8-10 mil in free space that is perceived on the verge of winning and wants to invest in Pau.


BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

ESPN is just Seething at Phil being "confidant" they can resign Melo..


Mark Stein is besides himself..


i agree Melo aint leaving Phil and the knicks.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

But, barring an unexpected offer for Rondo the Celtics cannot refuse, expect this entire process to take some time. That’s because a.) the Celts have not abandoned hope of finding a high quality player (and it could still be Love at some point next season) to pair with their All-Star point guard, and, b.) to increase his value, they likely need to get him back on the floor to show how much better he can be as he puts his knee surgery further into the rearview mirror. Boston Herald

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Sources told ESPN.com that Knicks officials, while not willing to trumpet it publicly with free agency fast approaching, are quietly confident about their odds of retaining Anthony thanks in part to the idea that new team president Phil Jackson and the high-scoring forward have "connected" to some degree. ESPN.com


Zen games like ive been saying..lol...connected...great sign.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

MELO TO TAKE PERCANTAGE DECREASE IN CONTRACT??:


Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks are not demanding Carmelo Anthony take less money to re-sign, but they are challenging him to do so.

“He’s the one that opened that up that it wasn’t about the money. So I challenged him on that because I want our fans to see he’s a team player, that he’s going to do what was best for this team to get ahead farther and faster. It’s not going to be an issue,” Jackson said. 

Anthony can make a maximum of $22.54 million in his first season. A max contract with the Knicks would give him raises of 7.5 percent on that number in each successive season. So if he wanted to take a pay cut, Anthony could accept less money in the first year of his contract and then take maximum raises in each successive season. 

Under the rules of the CBA, his salary can fluctuate by a wide range from year to year. If Anthony were to re-sign with the Knicks, his salary could increase or decrease by 7.5 percent from year to year. 

So Anthony, in theory, could agree to the maximum amount in Year 1 of his contract and then accept a pay cut of 7.5 percent in Year 2. 

That would leave his salary for Year 2 at 20.85 million. That’s a savings of $3.4 million compared to what Anthony would get in the second year of a max contract with maximum raises. 


via REALGM

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

MOVING THE DRAFT BACK???:


The NBA is "very interested" in moving the draft after July 1 and packaging it with a season-ending awards show, possibly on consecutive nights.

The league would like to create more space between the end of the Finals and the draft in order to better promote the draft.

Moving the draft back will be difficult because it impacts free agency and the collective bargaining agreement. Also, the league needs to negotiate a change in the draft date with its TV partners.

The NBA season is already turning into a long year with the draft, free agency and summer league taking place shortly after the Finals.

The NHL has a season-ending awards show before its draft.

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Not to be a downer, but is it likely that Gasol takes 3.8 million to come to Ny. Also how exactly would Gasol and Bargs work together? Can't forget Amare, all play the PF/ C spot. Someone has to go, right? Also wasn't Gasol injured a lot last few seasons? And Finally, is Gasol with all these ? Really swaying Melo to stay?

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

What Carmelo "Suitors" did on draft night:


CHICAGO: The Bulls traded the No. 16 and No. 19 picks along with a 2015 second-round pick to the Nuggets for the rights to Doug McDermott. According to the Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson, the Bulls will only save about $329,000 by trading the two first-rounders for McDermott, who was taken No. 11 overall. The Bulls likely will continue to clear more cap space, and Mike Dunleavy and his expiring $3.3 million deal could be “expendable” according to Johnson. The Bulls did add some salary by also taking on Anthony Randolph's expiring $1.825 million deal in the trade.

The Bulls also drafted New Mexico power forward Cameron Bairstow at No. 49. According to Johnson, the Bulls have “only $11 million to $12 million of salary-cap space if they use the amnesty provision on Carlos Boozer, so additional moves would have to be made” to make a run at Anthony. Johnson adds Randolph can be traded, but not in a multi-player deal.

HOUSTON: The Rockets drafted Switzerland’s Clint Capela with the No. 25 pick. The 20-year-old could remain overseas, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen. Feigen says that “will save the Rockets a small bit of the cap room they hope to use on either LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony.”

Houston also drafted Arizona guard Nick Johnson in the second round, and acquired another second-round pick to take Italian League forward Alessandro Gentile. The Rockets created some cap space before the draft by trading Omer Asik to the Pelicans for a future first-round pick. And Houston is expected to try to move Jeremy Lin's contract to create more cap space. Lin, like Asik, will make $15 million next season, but would count for $8.37 million against the salary cap according to Feigen.

C0P0
C0P0

Totally respect Pau's game, but I'd thought he'd become a bit long in the tooth on The Lakers.

In large part be due to Mike _'Antoni not having the slightest clue on how to use his Big Men.

beyond the predictable and defendable Pick and Roll. We all know it's coming, clog the paint,

make the big give it up or take shots out of his range. 


After Chandler's dismal season, I've grown fond of the idea of Pau and

this (championship lakers) reunion of sorts.

Gasol, Odom and Fish are  adept with the system,

They have championships, chemistry and considering if he signs for a good price,

a low risk - high reward scenario worth exploring. 


I'd welcome Pau with open arms.

Go Phil. 

semperfi
semperfi

I love what Phil is doing, Melo should be thrilled, Phil at the top with 11 championships and Fisher coaching with 5, that is as a winning combo thats ever been assembled, get Pau and you have a defensive center in Dalambert and offensive one with a championship pedigree who knows the triangle in Gasol plus I think he will help Fisher and Odom along with Calderon and him being both from Spain, good all around for team chemistry, with Melo back they could definitely compete in the east, just 2years removed from winning there division, forget about last year, total disaster, not going to happen again under Phils watch! 

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

I just wanna say I'm glad we got Phil Jackson running the show, he's assembling something interesting 

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

Brandon Triche is on the Knicks summer league team. Is he any good?

j_spikett
j_spikett

lets not get carried away he is a 32 soon to be 33 year old point guard that averaged 11 points a game

jax13
jax13

So Phil was able to trade Felton.......can he possibly find someone to take jr?

I do not know why but I have a feeling jr is going to play well in this system.

Amazing how much easier basketball will be with a good pg getting guys the ball in right spots.

I think jr on the catch n shoot n the watchful eye of Phil n fish is going to do very well this season.

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

I'm still floored by this whole Phil Jackson and Dallas trade/draft picks. I mean we shipped out two players and got back 6! Plus the one we bought. I know it doesn't fix all of our problems and The Melo decision looms large, but I haven't been this excited and hopeful about the future in a long time.

Dalembert - can equal or better Chandlers production from last year and a half for a fraction if the cost.

Calderon - serious upgrade at th PG spot and not a head case and team player. Guys are gonna be gettin the ball in the flow on offense and in their favorite spots. End of games gonna be way more under control and won't have to rely on ISO Melo all the time.

Beverly - basically a first round pick and anothe PG prospect for the future. Calderon, Priggie Smalls and Larkin is a respectable Cadre of PGs!

Plus 3 second round picks.

Oh and it gets us closer (or makes us able?) to possibly use our mid level this year!

Melo has to be impressed by this move. And we are guard heavy. So anothe big trade could be in the works.

If Melo resigns for a reasonable near max but team friendly trade, this Dallas trade could be remembered as the moment Phil convinced Melo to stay. Suddenly Chicago doesn't seem like a better option than us.

chudogz1
chudogz1

We want Pau. We want Pau!!!

Max Denby
Max Denby

I want to like this, but I am really not excited to have another PG who can't play D.  We got absolutely torched there last year. 

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

Always loved calderons game. Very excited to have him makes the team so much better. He's just below the top tier as far pgs in my book. I personally hate score first pgs.

brookdon
brookdon

Just saw the Ric Bucher thing smh. He didn't bother check before he put it up online? SMH.

He's fallen off hard since reporting during the original lebronathon (kind of like Broussard) and this stunt might cost him hid job.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Yup just as I thought...he flipped.. "there is a pretty decent chance of Melo coming back"  LOL....

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@BiggieTKB  Of course..it goes against their latest narrative, that Phil is "pushing" melo away with the pay cut talk out in public (WHICH I DONT GET, BECAUSE MELO SAID SO HIMSELF PUBLICLY)...and that Phil "doesn't really want him" lol...they don't know what to say now...

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Knicks aren't interested in Rondo, they have their Pg, and Rondo doesn't fit the triangle.

goldbuddha
goldbuddha

A superior NBA talent forges a connection with Phil Jackson. .... imagine that lol. These ESPN talking heads are so transparent.

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

Start out at 17 million. Then increase by 1 million a year. Final year he'd make 21 million. That's a 5 year contract worth 85 million. Throw in a "signing bonus" of 5 to 10 million (are signing bonuses allowed and do they count against the cap?)

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@Seth Nadler i hear the suiters are Chicago, Houston, Charlotte // Memphis is out now that they resigned Zbo.


Charlotte has the most money but it's unlikely he goes there unless he thinks they have a real chance to compete.


in the end knicks have Phil.

johneco
johneco

@C0P0  We'd all welcome Pau with open arms, especially for the midlevel.

Problem is, Pau can easily sign a 2-3 year contract at 8-10M per, so why would he sign with us for so much less (3, or even 5)?  Yea, I know, because he loves Phil so much - it's a nice fantasy, but in all the years I'm following hoop, Kirilenko last year was the only player I know of who left so much money on the table.  It doesn't happen. 

Ray Jorge
Ray Jorge

@bockers  Awesome! Finally balancing out this team with some bball IQ! A center passing out of the double team while players are in constant motion in the "Tri-Angle" & a point guard who can hit open shots will translate in a 10 win up tick from last years total then if were fortunate to have a healthy team add another 5-10 game up tick. We would be looking at about 57 wins.

johneco
johneco

@SheSaidSpikeWho  Undrafted 4 year starter out of Syracuse, played in Italy's 2nd division last year.  He did well there, but Italy's 2nd division is crap.

rgm891
rgm891

@jax13 I want JR off the team. But I also believe with the right discipline and a set system he can actually thrive and become a 'better player. I am excited to see JR grow as a player if he stays with the NYK's

C0P0
C0P0

@Blaze NYK Beverly? You meant Larkin?

ek77
ek77

@Blaze NYK  I actually think this trade shows that we are rebuilding.   I don't think we immediately upgrade the roster with this trade, but we are better off long term.  Melo wants to win now.    I think Phil has already moved on from Melo.  

chudogz1
chudogz1

@BlazeNYK. who is Beverly?

1harris1
1harris1

LOL. Melo going back to the Nuggets as well?

brookdon
brookdon

Honestly though, why didn't ric just try and pull a cover up? Just say talk have hit an impasse so if it weren't to happen he could still save face?

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Actually would be be better off taking max this year, and decrease in 2015 giving them more space for next off season.

C0P0
C0P0

All very true. We will see, won't we?

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

Cause we'll sign his brother to a fat contract next year?

brookdon
brookdon

Look below. He was forced to retract his Lowry story.

brookdon
brookdon

True but it looks really bad for ESPN and he's already been minimized to field reporter lol

chudogz1
chudogz1

I guess he means Early ;)

1harris1
1harris1

Is Bucher still with ESPN though? I thought he had left to cover sports in the Bay area.

The most interesting part about his screwup is that he was so quick to admit to it. Probably more than 75% of what we hear in the rumor mill is nonsense to begin with; yet so many of these "reporters " act like what they say is gospel.