NEW YORK – The wheels of government got greased just fast enough to clear Jose Calderon in time to make his Pistons debut in the most famous arena in the world.

The Pistons announced early this afternoon that Calderon, acquired last week in a three-team trade that sent Tayshaun Prince to Memphis and brought Calderon over from Toronto, has been cleared after having visa issues that involved a Spanish citizen being transferred from a Canadian to a United States-based NBA team. The Pistons play the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.