New acquisition Jose Calderon didn't play Friday for the Pistons against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but will be immediately inserted into the starting lineup once his visa issues have been resolved.

Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said he'll start alongside Brandon Knight, who will shift to shooting guard.

Calderon admitted to some conflicted feelings once he was traded from the Raptors, as part of a blockbuster deal involving Pistons Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye going to Memphis and headliner Rudy Gay going to Toronto.

He also had a hard time getting across the border, getting hassled by Border Patrol agents before they finally relented, telling Calderon to help the Pistons make up the five games they trail the Celtics for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

"I was kind of sad, been eight years in the same place. It's a weird feeling, but I'm excited," Calderon said. "I know Detroit has been trying to trade for me for a while. I'm happy to be in a situation with a team that really wants you."

Pistons president Joe Dumars confirmed as much when speaking to the gathered media afterward — that although the future financial flexibility is a plus, having Calderon around for the future isn't out of the question.

The conversations started about a "bigger deal," Dumars said, which perhaps can be roughly translated as talking about Rudy Gay's availability, about a month ago. Those discussions went nowhere, but the line of communication opened once it appeared Gay was headed to Toronto and a third team was needed.

"We've had high regard for (Calderon) for a while," Dumars said. "We just really like his skill set and we thought his skill set could be a match with the young guys. We like him. We'd have some interest in him staying going forward."

For Calderon, the obvious disappointment in leaving Toronto was matched by his excitement to play for a team that has long had interest.

"It's always good when joining the (team) that really wants you. That makes a huge difference, not just a trade of an expiring contract," he said.

When asked if he'd consider staying, the Spaniard's eyes lit up, replying, "Yes, for sure."

"You never want to close any doors, you never know what's going to happen," he said. "I'm a free agent and we'll see. It's only been two days and it's been great."