The New York Knicks are looking into potentially signing point guard Pablo Prigioni this offseason. It's an interesting proposition to say the least, but the team would also have to convince him that a contract with the team is better than what he can get overseas. I definitely understand why the Knicks are trying to get creative with luring players this offseason, but I am not sure how much Prigioni could help the team.
As the New York Post reported, Prigioni is already 35 years old. He is a member of Argentina's Olympic team, meaning he will also go up against Team USA this summer. His most recent team was Unicaja Laboral in Spain, a team that would also like to bring him back for another season. This is where the Knicks could possibly step in and lure him to the NBA for the first time in his career.
During 2011 FIBA games with Argentina, Prigioni averaged 29.2 minutes per game, showing that he could definitely give the Knicks some good minutes off the bench. He also had averages of 9.8 points, 4.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Maybe his most interesting statistics were his shooting percentages though, as Prigioni shot 66.7 percent from the field and 61 percent from three-point range over the 10 games.
I am certainly going to point out that those numbers are from a very small sample size of games for Prigioni, but that they also intrigue me a lot. He isn't a young rookie that is prone to mistakes either, but rather a veteran that has played against some tough competition over the years. If the Knicks brought him over, he would become a player off the bench for the team, possibly adding some good depth and maturity with the second unit.
The Knicks can probably only offer him a contract at the veteran's minimum ($1.4 million), meaning Prigioni would need to want the experience rather than a huge payday. There may not be a lot of competition to sign him because of his age, but maybe New York could find a diamond in the rough with him. I think it is definitely an interesting option and I certainly wouldn't frown if the front office extended him a contract. With Iman Shumpert out till January at the earliest, the Knicks need someone who can play point guard minutes behind Jeremy Lin anyways.
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*Ryan Christopher DeVault is a fan of the New York Knicks that has followed the team since the days John Starks, Charles Oakley, and Anthony Mason instilled their defensive will on the rest of the league.
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