Jose Calderon and his wife, Ana, took a look at the Pistons’ second-half schedule, and they came to the same realization.
With 14 road games versus only eight home games over the final two months of the season, Calderon was going to be on the road a lot.
So after Ana and their two children moved to Detroit briefly after the Jan. 30 trade that brought Calderon to the Pistons from Toronto, his family moved back to their off-season home in his home country, Spain, a few weeks ago.
Calderon, who misses his family dearly, will join them shortly after the conclusion of the regular season April 18.
Just as Jose Calderon moving his family to Detroit was only a positive in terms of his likelihood of re-signing with the Pistons, this is only a negative. Neither necessarily means Calderon will or won’t return, but they’re indicators.
Especially in light of Calderon’s emotional return to Toronto, I wonder whether Calderon realizes more and more he has relatively no connection to Detroit. That’s not a knock on Detroit, just an acknowledgement of timing. It’s basically impossible for someone to feel the same emotions about a place he spent 7.5 seasons as a place he spent half a season. The standing ovations the Raptors fans gave him might have reinforced that difference. And if Calderon realizes how relatively little Detroit means to him, then what’s the difference between Detroit and a place like Dallas?
Perhaps Calderon has grown quite fond of playing for the Pistons, but it’s difficult to imagine those feelings match those of playing for the Raptors – especially if his family isn’t sharing the Detroit experience.
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