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Calderon waits to join Pistons because of visa
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On February 1, 2013 @ 8:00 pm In All,Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Vince Ellis, USA TODAY Sports
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Detroit Pistons coach Lawrence Frank didn’t hesitate.
When asked whether new acquisition Jose Calderon will start when he gets full clearance, Frank answered in the affirmative.
Frank, Calderon and Pistons President Joe Dumars on Friday provided their impressions of Wednesday’s three-team trade that sent franchise mainstay Tayshaun Prince to the Memphis Grizzlies and brought Calderon to Detroit.
The No. 1 topic is how Calderon will fit with the Pistons, who, at 17-29, sit 5½ games behind the Boston Celtics for the eighth and final playoff spot. The Pistons face the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
As a Spaniard, Calderon has visa issues that must be resolved before he can step on the court. But he said he is happy to be with the Pistons after having played his entire NBA career with the Toronto Raptors.
“I was kind of sad, being eight years in the same place, working with a lot of people all those years, so it’s a sad part there” Calderon told the news media at the practice facility this morning. “It’s kind of a weird feeling like I never had before.
“But I’m excited. I know Detroit has tried to trade for me awhile, and I’m happy to be in a situation with a team that really wants you. I’m ready to start a new part of my career. I’m really happy.”
Starting Calderon at point guard means Brandon Knight will move to more of a combo-guard role, where he can concentrate on scoring instead of trying to create for others.
“We like him,” Dumars said of Calderon. “This is someone we would have some interest in staying with.”
Vince Ellis writes for the Detroit Free Press.
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