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Hawks claim Calderon off waivers


The Hawks claimed Jose Calderon off waivers Saturday and the point guard will join the team to fill its open roster spot. He is expected to be in uniform when the Hawks host the Pacers on Sunday.

Calderon was bought out of his contract with the Lakers recently. He signed with the Warriors but was waived less than two hours later after the team lost Kevin Durant for at least four weeks with an injury.

“We feel fortunate to be able to add a player of Jose’s caliber at this point in the season,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said in a statement. “His unselfish nature and ability to shoot with range fits our style of play and his experience will add to our locker room.”

Calderon would have cleared waivers by 5 p.m. on Saturday. However, the Hawks successfully claimed Calderon for approximately $250,000.

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).

Calderon will wear No. 13.



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