Pablo Prigioni has been out of the NBA since 2016, but reports indicate the New York Knicks might bring him back.
After starting his professional basketball career overseas, Pablo Prigioni made his NBA debut in 2012 after signing with the New York Knicks. He spent three-plus seasons in Manhattan before the team traded him to the Houston Rockets and a report from Marc Berman of the New York Post says the Knicks have interest in reuniting with the 40-year-old floor general.
During his short tenure in the league, Prigioni was a reliable point guard who shot the three at a high rate and brought a brilliant basketball IQ onto the floor. He never wowed anyone with his scoring, but those early decade Knicks teams had more than enough firepower without him. His expertise would serve the franchise well since they now have three young point guards on the roster after trading for Emmanuel Mudiay at the trade deadline.
Berman noted that Prigioni would join the team’s player development department, an aspect of the game that has evaded New York during the last few seasons.
Along with Mudiay, who’s only 21, the Knicks have Frank Ntilikina (19) and Trey Burke (25) who are getting time at the point guard position, and that’s a trio that has the potential to grow alongside each other. The problem is that the Knicks don’t have anyone to teach them. Prigioni might be the solution, but is still weighing his options.
A coach who could tap into the potential of these guards is necessary because Ntilikina hasn’t improved much since the start of the season and Burke and Mudiay have been written off because of their lack of development. Jeff Hornacek is finally beginning to allocate more time to those three, but that only does so much.
What makes everything sting a bit more is that the Brooklyn Nets, the Knicks’ cross-town rival, have done remarkable things with Spencer Dinwiddie, Jarrett Allen and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, and that’s all attributed to their player development staff.
Pablo Prigioni has also visited with the Nets, but nothing has come of it at this time. Should he decide to return to his former employer, there’s the chance the Knicks’ rebuild becomes much less painless because the core of the team is making strides at a much quicker pace.
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