May 23, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT
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.
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