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Knicks Prigioni could return to Spain rather than another season in NY

May 21, 2013, 9:03 AM EST

Pablo Prigioni AP

Knicks GM Glen Grunwald wanted to sign Pablo Prigioni to a two-year deal, but the 35-year-old point guard and NBA rookie was only taking a one-year offer.

That was practical — he signed for the veteran’s minimum and if he showed he belonged he could get a better deal.

But it also may mean he decides not to stay in the NBA for family reasons, reports the New York Post.

Point guard Pablo Prigioni faces a tough decision on whether to stay in the NBA or return to the Spanish League next season, because his wife, Raquel, wants to return overseas, according to a source….

Prigioni, 35, brought his wife, 4-year-old son, Nicolas, and 7-year-old daughter, Alessandra, over to New York for the season and he purposely signed just a one-year deal to see if he and his family liked the U.S. Prigioni told The Post’s Steve Serby in a Q and A earlier in the playoffs it’s been a tough adjustment for his wife because she doesn’t speak English and had never left Spain before.

You can’t fault a guy for wanting to put family first.

But the Knicks are pretty capped out, so there are not a lot of options for filling this roster spout with quality if he goes.

While on the season Prigioni averaged just 3.5 points per game, by the end of it he had become a key cog for the Knicks small ball lineups. Put simply, when he was out there the ball moved a whole lot better, he made smart decision and helped find the right guy. He would be missed.

Still, I have a feeling that if the money is right he will be back for another year. It’s amazing how seven digits of cash can change minds.

  1. hatesofties - May 21, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    I hope this guy does return to Spain, I absolutely hate his style of play. His flopping, embellishment of any contact (real or not), whining to the refs and slipping around like he is on ice is a blight to the game. I absolutely hate New York, and normally like to see players I hate gathered up on that team, but this bum and his playing style that is ruining the league, has to go! If he does end up staying, I hope his kids get bullied at school!

  2. readysethike - May 21, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    why…there are younger and cheaper options in the draft

    • fredagsedb - May 21, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      Younger, but not much cheaper if you want a safe chance of the same kind of production. The reason Prigioni is so good is his veteran ability to make the right decision; move the ball, shoot the 3, drive & dish, go for the steal, rotate. That was things he was good at this year. Very few rookies excel in decision-making.

      They probably loose Kidd, which beside his horrific shooting in the playoffs, was an instrumental glue guy more often than not involved the players they need to involve (as he has been for many tears), so they’re gonna need veteran decisionmaking from the PG spot. Even though Felton should be a veteran about now in the league, he’s not exhibiting the leadership and decisionmaking yet.

  3. scoocha - May 21, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    He should go back to Europe, where they love players who don’t play any defense.

    • rick99x - May 21, 2013 at 6:46 PM

      For your information: Prigioni was most probably the best player for the Knicks throughout the 12 playoff games.

      His +/- stats were the best of the whole team: +60. The second best was Schumpert +42 and then Smith +34 and Chandler +33. (Anthony +9, Martin -7, Kidd -36).This is even more impressive when +/- is adjusted per minutes.

      He is a team player. He contributes to the team in many ways, most importantly by facilitating the ball movement.

  4. 1972sxwife - May 21, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Can he take Kidd & Camby with him?

    • badintent - May 22, 2013 at 1:24 AM

      Ha. Funny.
      But really, Spain is broke,crime is sky rocketing and unemployement is over 25 % ! I think living in Short Hills,NJ and getting a green card is a much better option.I like his game and his team mates got along with him well.. No problems off the court and is a good hombre.

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