breaking news

Burford Highway shut down in Doraville after power lines fall

Calderon arrives in Atlanta after ‘weird’ few days


Jose Calderon admitted it’s been a “weird” few days.

The newest Hawks player joined the team after he was claimed off waivers Saturday. His first game in a new uniform was Sunday.

Calderon was bought out be the Lakers. He then signed with the Warriors but waived less than two hours later after the team needed an injury replacement for Kevin Durant. The Hawks called Calderon before he initially chose the Warriors and called again after he became available a second time.

“At the end of the day you have to see where you are really wanted,” Calderon said Sunday. “They called. They were interested. I think we are right there to go all the way (in the playoffs). I feel comfortable. There was a good talk, a good feeling about it. That’s way I made the decision.”

Calderon was at Philips Arena early Sunday to get acquainted with new coaches, teammates and systems. He said it will take a few days to get fully up to speed. Calderon dressed for Sunday’s game against the Pacers but acting head coach Darvin Ham said it was unlikely that he would play.

Calderon’s exact role will be determined in the final 21 games to the regular season.

The 35-year-old Calderon is in his 12th NBA season and has played for the Raptors, Pistons, Mavericks, Knicks and Lakers. He appeared in 24 games for the Lakers this season and averaged 3.3 points, 2.1 assists and 1.7 rebounds in 12.2 minutes. Calderon has career averages of 9.7 points, 6.3 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 28.3 minutes over 772 career games, including 557 starts. As a member of the Spanish national team, Calderon won the FIBA World Cup (2006), two Olympic silver medals (2008 and 2012) and a bronze medal (2016).

“This is my 12th season,” Calderon said. “I think everybody knows what I can do on the court. I just tried to get everybody the ball where they want it. Organize the team. I can make shots from the outside and open the spacing for these guys. I’m going to pass the ball, for sure, first thing. I’m going to put the team first. That’s me, I’m a team player. Whatever they need, 20, 40 minutes, I’m ready.”



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Atlanta Hawks

Hawks-Pelicans game still on as scheduled
Hawks-Pelicans game still on as scheduled

The Hawks home game against the Pelicans on Wednesday will be played as scheduled despite recent inclement weather, according to a team spokesperson. The game at Philips Arena is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. The team has no plans to adjust the start time or door openings. The team spokesperson encouraged fans to use MARTA. Atlanta received 2.3 inches...
With Hawks, Dedmon shows he can be more than NBA backup
With Hawks, Dedmon shows he can be more than NBA backup

(AP Photo) By now it’s obvious that Dewayne Dedmon is a legitimate NBA center. He’d established himself as a rotation player at Orlando and San Antonio but, given a bigger role with the Hawks, he’s shown that he can be more than that. Dedmon’s signing last summer gave the Hawks a respectable veteran big man for...
Ten observations from Hawks victory over Spurs
Ten observations from Hawks victory over Spurs

(AP Photo) Ten observations from Hawks 102, Spurs 99. . .  1. The Hawks trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half. They got within four at halftime and took a 57-55 lead in the third quarter, their first advantage since 33-32, and were up 89-85 with less than five minutes to go.  They held on for the victory...
Belinelli ruled out with ankle sprain
Belinelli ruled out with ankle sprain

Hawks guard Marco Belinelli will not play in Friday night’s home game against the Nets due to a left ankle sprain. The reserve was listed as questionable on the team’s injury report Thursday but his status was downgraded Friday. It will be the first game Belinelli has missed this season. Belinelli is averaging 11.8 points and is shooting...
Belinelli listed as questionable versus Nets
Belinelli listed as questionable versus Nets

The Hawks could be without Marco Belinelli for Friday’s home game against the Nets. The reserve guard was added to the team injury report as questionable with a left ankle sprain. Belinelli is averaging 11.8 points and is shooting .386 from 3-point range in 41 games this season. The injury report also includes Dewayne Dedmon (left tibia stress...
More Stories