HoopsHype Pablo Prigioni rumors

May 20, 2013 Updates

According to a source, point guard Pablo Prigioni faces a tough decision on whether to stay in the NBA or return to the Spanish League next season, because his wife, Raquel, wants to return overseas. Prigioni on Saturday continued to be noncommittal on whether he wants to return to the Knicks. “I think it’s not the moment to talk about that now,’’ Prigioni said after the Game 6 playoff ouster. “It’s painful to lose. It’s painful to start the vacation now. This is about the team. Now I stay quiet.” New York Post

GM Glen Grunwald tried to get Prigioni to sign for two years, but he opted for the one year at the league minimum of $473,000, thinking he could get a larger wage in his second season once he proved himself. The Knicks are in a tough spot because even if they make him a qualifying offer of $900,000, they ultimately would need to use part of their $3 million mini mid-level exception to re-sign him. New York Post

Regardless of whether Kidd or Pablo Prigioni return next season, the Knicks need to upgrade at point guard. They will likely look to add a young guard through the draft or free agency (they will have the veteran's minimum or the mini-mid-level exception to offer free agents) or via a trade. Ideally, they'd find a guard who can excel on both ends of the floor. Outside of Iman Shumpert and Smith (when he's engaged), the Knicks don't have many two-way players. ESPN.com

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Do you want to come back here and play next year? Pablo Prigioni: (Chuckles) I just can say I feel really good now in the end of the season. I’m happy I can help the team with my game. I’m focused on finish the season and playing my best basketball and try to do all I can to push the team to win, When the season’s finished, I have time to think what I want to do next year. I don’t want to think about now because I will lose my focus. New York Post

Does (JR Smith) seem like he’s focused? Pablo Prigioni: Yes, yes, definitely, definitely. I think when he have this incident with (Jason) Terry in the first round, maybe that make him lose the focus for a couple of games, but I think he’s ready to go back on his level. New York Post

May 10, 2013 Updates

Pablo Prigioni's agent, George Bass, told ESPNNewYork.com on Friday that the Argentine point guard "is interested in returning to the Knicks" for a second season. "Pablo really enjoyed himself here, and he has interest in playing again next year," Bass said. "He's fallen in love with New York, there's no doubt. The Knicks are just a first-class organization, so it's been good all the way around." ESPN.com

When Prigioni was recently asked about his plans for 2013-14, he said his focus was "playing in the playoffs, in important games." At season's end, Prigioni will likely fly back to his home in Alicante, Spain, and weigh his decision there with his family. Before the NBA, he spent 17 years playing professionally in Spain and Argentina. ESPN.com

While another team could present Prigioni a higher contract, the Knicks could match any offer being that he's restricted. Two league insiders believe Prigioni's max value could be around $2 million based on his success down the stretch this season and into the playoffs. "I do believe there will be other teams that will have interest in him, but you never know how much interest," Bass said. "If somebody came along and offered him more money, then that's a whole different story." ESPN.com

May 9, 2013 Updates

What advice did you give Pablo before he signed? Luis Scola: I told him, 'I think you should go and I will push hard for you. I think it's the best thing for you and your career.' Not only that, I thought New York was the perfect team for him. The team has such great players like J.R. Smith and Carmelo [Anthony], and they have a great pick-and-roll player in Tyson Chandler. I'm not surprised they play well with him on the court. ESPN.com

May 8, 2013 Updates

"Raymond went out, he came in and he stepped up big time," Carmelo Anthony said. "Tonight, Pablo was spectacular on both ends of the court. He controlled the game, he controlled the ball, and on the defensive end, he pressured the ball and he got us getting up and pressuring the ball as a team." ESPN.com

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