And what was the reasoning behind Calderon bolting in free agency to sign with the Mavs? Josh Smith. Or rather, the Pistons desire to wait on Josh Smith.
Smith, a fellow free agent eventually decided to leave the Atlanta Hawks and sign with the Pistons but his inability to do so in a timely manner cost the Pistons their point guard according to Calderon himself.
“They were in contact with me, but I think they were waiting for Josh Smith, so I was just waiting and waiting, and Dallas came with a great offer … I couldn’t say no to that,” Calderon said Sunday before the Mavs faced the Pistons.
The loss of Calderon eventually lead to the Pistons acquisition of Brandon Jennings, a move which probably hasn’t fared overly well with Piston faithful.