Since the day Kyle Lowry joined the Toronto Raptors questions have arisen as to what would happen with Jose Calderon.
Many believed Calderon would be a former Raptor sooner rather than later, but as the team approaches training camp he is still around.
So now the question becomes, how does Raptors coach Dwane Casey fit all of the pieces together?
On Monday, Casey said he has seen a lot of footage of Lowry with his former team, the Houston Rockets, where he had to share time at the point guard spot with Goran Dragic. The two spent a lot of time together on the floor and Casey said he would test out the idea of playing Calderon with Lowry.
“That’s something we’ll look at in training camp because they are two of our best players,” Casey told reporters.
Most believe that Lowry will be the starter but Casey was unwilling to say that was written in stone.
He believes that Lowry could solve one of the team’s biggest flaws — scoring off the bench.
“We’ve got to have punch with our second unit,” he said.
For his part, Calderon believes that the two can co-exist at times on the floor. He said that Lowry is more of a scorer.
“During training camp we’ll see how we can complement each other,” Calderon said.
Calderon said the new competition was just part of being a professional basketball player.
“It’s the NBA. You always expect to have better players in your team,” he explained. “That’s what the Raptors have been doing.”
The Raptors will hold their annual media day next Monday before heading out East to Halifax to kick off their training camp. By the end of the Eastern visit Casey expects to have an idea of what his rotation will be.
“Before Halifax is over we’ll have a good idea of who we are and what we want to have,” he said.
He didn’t say the lineup would be set in stone but that he would have a better idea of how all the pieces fit together.