Just after the NBA trade deadline passes, veteran players on bad teams are often waived or bought out of their contracts so that they can join a contender for the playoffs.
Even before these transactions are finalized, those players typically have a destination in mind and usually reach a verbal agreement to join their next team.
This was the case with Jose Calderon, who was toiling away in obscurity on a Lakers team that’s just 19-42 on the season. The 35-year-old point guard had agreed to join the Warriors once he secured his release from L.A., but then Kevin Durant went down with a knee injury and Golden State’s priorities changed.
The Warriors decided to use their final roster spot on small forward Matt Barnes instead, but in a move that showed a great deal of class, the franchise signed Calderon as promised — and then waived him two hours later, while still paying him the full $415,000 he would have earned had he stayed on the team for the remainder of the season.
They paid the man $415k for a two-hour stay, AND cut the check for his jersey. The Calderon chapter… https://t.co/5oPr1vGUPA
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) March 2, 2017
Warriors sign Matt Barnes, waive Jose Calderon. But there was still this jersey outside of the visiting locker room in Chicago: pic.twitter.com/EKUFUlMUZM
— Michael Singer (@msinger) March 2, 2017