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Jose Calderon won't be surprised if Knicks trade him

Jose Calderon of the Knicks looks on late

Jose Calderon of the Knicks looks on late in a game against the Houston Rockets at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. Credit: Jim McIsaac

LONDON - Jose Calderon understands he's not on solid ground. Then again, few Knicks should feel safe.

Team president Phil Jackson has started dealing veterans to clear cap space and said "no one should be surprised" by what the Knicks do before the Feb. 19 trade deadline. Calderon is a prime candidate to be dealt since he makes $15.1 million over the next two years.

"It can happen," Calderon said before Wednesday's practice at O2 Arena. "Why are you going to be surprised? They're changing stuff. I don't know what's really on their minds right now. I have no idea what's going to happen. It's the NBA. It's a business. They have a plan. They really want that cap space. That's why they made some of the moves. It can happen again."

Acquired in June in the eight-player trade that sent Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to Dallas, Calderon has had a disappointing season. The veteran point guard is averaging 9.2 points and 4.7 assists. But he said until something changes he will consider himself part of the future.

"I came here thinking I was part of it," Calderon said. "I'm still thinking about it. It's nothing different yet. So I'm still part of it."

Feeling bad for Melo

Former Knick Kenyon Martin never imagined his old team would be 5-35. But Martin said the Knicks lack talent, and he feels for his friend Carmelo Anthony. "Certain talent level is not there, across the board," said Martin, who reunited with Jason Kidd last week when he signed a 10-day contract with the Bucks. "Of course you have certain guys. But I think that's why they had to make the moves that they made. They got to try to change a few things up because this season is a loss for them, which is unfortunate."

"You hate to see a close friend go through something like that, what he's going through, which he definitely wasn't expecting coming off signing a deal and them trying to get back to where we were two years ago. It's definitely frustrating for him. I know it. You're as competitive as he is and you got the injury, people chat and all that stuff. It just makes it all that worse for him."

Brotherly love

Bucks swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo said the Knicks should call up his brother Thanasis from the D-League and essentially guaranteed a Milwaukee win Thursday. "He's ready," Antetokounmpo said. "I don't think the Knicks have to lose anything. They lose 15 [straight] now. Tomorrow is going to be 16. They don't have anything to lose."

"My brother could bring energy to the team and [is] hard-working, and guys from the team can see that and take something from him."

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