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Jose Calderon, Cleveland Cavaliers Agree to Terms on Contract

Cavs have the taxpayer MLE they can spend on free agents and that is $5.2M.They hope to retain one of their key reserves as the NBA’s free agency period begins today. After all, they departed with a first-round pick to acquire him a season ago. The 36-year-old averaged 10.1 points and shot a league-best 45.1 percent on 3-pointers during the regular season. He converted 48.5% of his three-point attemps while playing 24.5 minutes a night.The Vertical’s Shams Charania reported the deal is for one year at the veteran’s minimum.Sharpshooting small forward Kyle Korver, who was acquired in a January 7 trade with Atlanta, will be offered a new contract by Cleveland. He is a three-time Turkish Basketball Super League All-Star with career averages of 6.7 points and 3.0 rebounds. The Warriors eventually dethroned the Cavs in five games.In other words, Calderon is a natural fit for the Cavaliers, who already lean on Kyrie Irving and LeBron James to do the bulk of the ball-handling and playmaking.”For a lot of teams, sometimes it’s easier for the season to be over when you’re in this position, but that’s not our team”, Korver said after Cleveland extended the series with a 137-116 rout of Golden State. Owner Dan Gilbert has been active in all decisions, as well, sources said.Until Cleveland’s front-office situation is settled, assistant GM Koby Altman is the point man for free agents and possible trades.Cleveland’s best route to adding more talent to support James may be through trades, but the club will likely have to part with talent to land an impact player.