After being jilted Friday by Dwight Howard, the Dallas Mavericks turned their attention elsewhere and have agreed to a four-year, $28 million contract with point guard Jose Calderon, according to ESPN.
Calderon, 31, fills a tremendous need for the Mavs, who entered the offseason in desperate need of a fierce playmaker. The 6-3, 211-pound Calderon has a high basketball IQ and is a player the Mavs have coveted for years.
In 45 games for the Toronto Raptors last season, Calderon averaged 11.1 points and 7.4 assists and shot 47 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from three-point range. Then, after he was traded to Detroit, Calderon averaged 11.6 points and 6.6 assists, and shot 52.7 percent from the field and 52 percent from three-point territory in 28 games for the Pistons.
-- Dwain Price