Marc Weinreich
Monday July 2nd, 2012

The Los Angeles Lakers are the front-runners to land Toronto Raptors point guard Jose Calderon if Steve Nash does, in fact, leave the Phoenix Suns for his native Canada, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com.

The Raptors would need to use the team's amnesty clause on Calderon in order to free up enough cap space to sign Nash, and Stein reports that as long as the Lakers keep Pau Gasol, Calderon would head to Los Angeles to play with his fellow Spaniard:

It is widely assumed in NBA front-office circles that the Raptors will amnesty Calderon and the $10.6 million he's owed next season to maximize their cap flexibility. That alone won't get the Spaniard to the point guard-hungry Lakers. Calderon would have to clear waivers through the amnesty process before he'd be free to choose his next team. If Calderon does make it that far, though, sources say he's excited about the prospect of playing with Gasol in L.A.
If Nash doesn't go to Toronto and Calderon doesn't end up in Los Angeles, the Lakers are expected to look at Kirk Hinrich, Jameer Nelson and Chauncey Billups, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com. The Lakers point guard last season, Ramon Sessions, is someone the team would like to retain, but he has opted to enter free agency.

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