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Pablo Prigioni wants to stay in NBA

May 23, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

Pablo Prigioni, D.J. Augustin

Pablo Prigioni reportedly was considering returning to Spain in part because his wife wanted to go back, but the Knicks guard is making intentions clear now. Marc Berman of the New York Post:

“If I can choose, I prefer to play in the United States and stay in the NBA,’’ Prigioni said on Argentine radio.

Prigioni, 35, denied on radio his wife wants him to return to the Spanish League next season and claims she likes New York, according to the Argentine newspaper, Ole.

Prigioni averaged 4.5 points, 3.2 assists and 1.3 steals in 20.9 minutes per game in the playoffs, and New York went 5-5 in the postseason games he started. Though he’s 36 and offers no upside, Prigioni fits the Knicks’ secondary-point-guard role well. The ball certainly moves better when he’s on the court, and the Knicks must move the ball to be successful.

Prigioni is eligible to receive a $988,872 qualifying offer from the Knicks, which they will probably extend considering they don’t have the cap flexibility to pursue other options. At that point, the choice to remain in the NBA will be completely Prigioni’s. He could accept the qualifying offer, sign with the Knicks for another offer or sign with another team and give New York a chance to match.

  1. asimonetti88 - May 23, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    He’s an interesting player. He is a more than servicable backup and I think the Knicks might have some competition for him.

  2. jjthesportsguy - May 23, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    This story nails it on the head. He is 36 and offers no upside. End of story. If the Knicks are willing to have him back, that’s good for him. If not, I’m not sure there is another contender that will be looking for his services…and I don’t really see why he would play for a bad team over returning to Spain, unless he really needs the money.

  3. eboneseagles - May 23, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    He doesn’t have to do much to be successful even though he technically starts. Just some good ball movement to find open 3s or melo isos and he pops a couple 3s himself at like 40%.

  4. jcmeyer10 - May 23, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Relative to Kidd, this is a major youth movement for the backup PG position!

  5. badintent - May 24, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Solid backup, smart Hoop IQ, low TOs and excellent at steals. Good citzen and nice guy.

  6. atahualpaoxford - May 28, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    If Argentina qualifies for the 2014 World Cup (which is very possible), Pablo will have one more chance at running the point for them and will be done with the national team.
    Then, he will be able to concentrate in just playing for a team, either in the NBA, Spain or even back home.

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