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New York Knicks Offer Pablo Prigioni Two-Year Deal

July 3rd, 2013 at 10:15 AM
By Matt Agne

There's lots of speculation of what the New York Knicks may or may not do to strengthen their point guard position. One thing the organization and the fans can agree on is everyone would like to see Pablo Prigioni return for a second season. The franchise would like to see Prigioni come back so much that they've reportedly offered him a two-year contract.

'Pablo Prigioni, likely to be the NBA's oldest rookie next season with the NY Knicks' photo (c) 2012, ctsnow - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Pablo Prigioni isn't the youngest point guard on the free agent market. He's 36-years-old and would be the elder statesmen on the New York Knicks if he were to return next season. However that won't stop the Knicks from trying to get him to return on a multi-year deal.

PickandRoll.com reports via their Twitter account that the Knicks have extended Prigioni a two-year offer.

For those that don't speak or read Spanish that translates to "Pablo Prigioni received an offer from the New York Knicks to continue for two more seasons."

Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork previously reported that Prigioni would like to return to the Knicks next season. 

"I would like to go back to New York," he said. "I miss New York." 

'Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul and Pablo Prigiono in Barcelona' photo (c) 2012, ctsnow - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Prigioni only averaged 3.5 points, 0.9 steals 3.0 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 16.2 minutes per game. He shot a 45.5 field goal percentage, including 39.6 percent from three-point territory and 88.0 percent from the free throw line.

However, his impact can't be determined completely by his individual statistics. Quite simply, the Knicks played better when Prigioni was on the floor. He's a true point guard who understands pace, how to set up his teammates and plays good defense.

Additionally, we saw Raymond Felton thrive playing next to Prigioni. Felton has the heart of a warrior but he's an extremely poor defensive point guard and thrives in a two-guard system. Last season, the Knicks thrived using a two-guard system because they had Felton, Prigioni and Jason Kidd.

Now Kidd is retired and coaching the Brooklyn Nets. Felton is still signed long term and the Knicks need to make sure they have depth at the point guard position. Re-signing Prigioni is the first step to building that depth.

If the Knicks can get Prigioni to return, they'll still continue to look for more point guard depth. However, Prigioni's style of play, his seemingly ageless physical condition and his ability to both play off the bench and as a starter makes him a valued member of the Knicks.

Hopefully this two-year contract offer will be enough to ensure Prigioni stays around. If keeping Prigioni around helps bring fellow countryman Carlos Delfino and Spaniard guard Jose Calderon to New York, even better.

Tags: Basketball, Brooklyn Nets, Carlos Delfino, Jason Kidd, Jose Calderon, NBA, New York, New York Knicks, Pablo Prigioni, Raymond Felton

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