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Pablo Prigioni agrees to three-year deal to return to Knicks

Jul 4, 2013, 3:02 PM EDT

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The Knicks solidified their backcourt for next season by agreeing to bring back two of the team’s key free agents.

After getting J.R. Smith to return on a deal reported to be four years and close to $25 million, New York has come to terms with Pablo Prigioni, as well.

From Al Innazzone of Newsday:

Prigioni, 36, is getting a three-year deal for just under $6 million, [his agent] George Bass said. The third year is a partially guaranteed team option.

The Knicks had to dip into their $3.18 million mini-midlevel for Prigioni. They should have around $1.7 million left on that exception plus as many minimum contracts as they need to fill out their roster.

Prigioni was a fan favorite in New York who started 10 of the Knicks’ 11 playoff games, and proved to be a capable defender and initiator of the offense, despite being the NBA’s oldest rookie at age 36.

With the loss of Jason Kidd, who averaged 26.9 minutes per game in 48 starts for the Knicks last season, Prigioni is likely to be the one to fill that position. Kidd retired after 19 NBA seasons, and is now the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets.

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