The New York Knicks are likely to dispose of free agent Arron Afflalo and point guard Jose Calderon to create cap room for the forthcoming offseason, according to latest NBA Rumors.
While Afflalo has an $8 million player option for next season, Calderon has another year left in the four-year $29 million deal he signed with Dallas Mavericks back in 2013-14. Calderon was traded to New York last season as part of the Tyson Chandler trade.
To retain Calderon, the Knicks can create $5 million in cap space for 2016 by using the stretch provision. However, Afflalo is reportedly seeking a fresh contract which could eat into New York’s limited cap space going into the offseason.
Only $18 million to spend…
According to sources close to the Knicks, the team is willing to let Afflalo walk, since they need enough cap room to pursue the likes of Kevin Durant and Mike Conley Jr. By retaining Afflalo and Calderon, the Knicks will have only $18 million to spend in free agency. However, by letting Afflalo walk and trading Calderon, New York will open up over $30 million to spend on free agents.
Afflalo, 30, is seeking at least one more big contract. “Yeah, it’d be nice. It’d be nice,” said the veteran wing. “But you do what you can. Whatever opportunities present themselves you never know. I’ve always looked at myself as a player who will have some longevity in the league based on the way that I play. I don’t rely too much on being overly athletic. I just try to be smart, take care of my body.”
Last week, Afflalo revealed that he could be done after just one season in New York. “I really don’t know what I’m going to do,’’ he told The New York Post. “We’ll definitely have to address that when that times comes. Of course. I had a great first-year experience here. Obviously some ups and downs. One of those things I have to have a discussion with management and see how things go.”
Ready for back-up role…
Calderon, on the other hand, is open to remaining with the Knicks even as a backup. “For sure, 100 percent,’’ the point guard said Saturday. “A couple of years ago, if my team needed me to do that? I’m not the one putting me in the starting position. That’s question for coach but, yes, 100 percent.’’
The Knicks are looking for an upgrade at the point guard position. With the likes of Conly and Rajon Rondo entering free agency, it’s likely that New York look to trade Calderon in the summer.
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