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Raptors Sign Jose Calderon

(August 3, 2005) -- The Toronto Raptors announced Wednesday they have signed free-agent point guard Jose Calderon. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Calderon averaged 12.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 39 regular-season games in 2003-04. (Getty Images)size>
Calderon, 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, has spent the past six seasons in the Spanish pro leagues, the past four with Tau Ceramica. He led Tau to a second-place finish in last season’s Euroleague Final Four.

“We are very excited to be able to reach an agreement to bring Jose to the NBA,” said Raptors General Manager Rob Babcock. “He is exactly what we are looking for in a true point guard.

“Even though he won’t turn 24-years-old until September, he has plenty of experience in international competition.”

Calderon has averaged 10.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 214 regular-season games. He owns a career field goal percentage of .541 (488-902). In Euroleague play, Calderon has averaged 9.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 58 contests.

Calderon averaged 12.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 39 regular-season games in 2003-04. He shot .567 (114-201) from the field and .823 (107-130) from the foul line. In 2003-04, he led Tau to the Spanish National Cup (King’s Cup). In 2002-03, he captured a silver medal with the Spanish National Team at the 2003 European Championship. He also averaged a career-high 17.5 points that season.

Calderon was a member of the Spanish National Team that participated in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.