Calderon’s agent Mark Bartelstein said he and his client feel “very appreciative of the Lakers doing this,” while also crediting Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson. Though Calderon averaged a career-low 3.3 points on 41.6 percent shooting in 12.2 minutes through 24 games and 11 starts, the Lakers valued Calderon for mentoring the team’s younger players.
Mark Bartelstein: “They liked having Jose around and thought he had a good influence in the locker room with the young guys. Magic wanted to keep him around for the season. Jose’s got a lot of basketball left in him and can play at a high level. But with the Lakers being in a rebuilding state, it didn’t make sense from a playing perspective.”
The ex-Pistons point guard was waived by the New York Knicks on Monday, a transaction Jennings reportedly asked for, and is likely to wind up elsewhere. And that’s straight from the mouth of Jeff Schwartz, Jennings’ agent who contacted Pistons president-coach Stan Van Gundy. “He’s going to go to Charlotte,” Van Gundy told a group of Detroit reporters Monday afternoon. “I wasn’t surprised because I heard about it this morning. His agent contacted me and told me what was going on, so I guess I wasn’t surprised.
He has worked out for months, mostly in Miami, with trainer Stan Remy, best known for his work with Phoenix Suns guard Brandon Knight. He has a new agent, Washington-based Joel Bell. He’d like to hook on with a team immediately and start to learn its terminologies and such, but understands that some may need convincing, or may want to wait until the summer.
There were no takers on the waiver wire for Williams and what’s left of his $9 million contract, though it is believed Williams’ powerful agent, Jeff Schwartz, warned interested parties not to claim his client — who wanted to join the Cavs.
Derrick Rose’s agent, B.J. Armstrong, reiterated on Saturday that Rose “wants to be in New York” after the Knicks included the player in trade discussions prior to the trade deadline on Thursday. Armstrong added that he and Rose understand that the Knicks were operating in their best interests when talking to opposing teams about a Rose deal.
“It was an opportunity to see what his value truly was throughout the league,” Armstrong said on Sirius XM NBA radio on Saturday. “So as you can see, through all the reports, there were teams that were interested in him and what he does and what he brings to the court.” Several teams contacted the Knicks prior to the deadline to discuss potential Rose deals, according to sources.