After becoming one of the oldest rookies in NBA history, many thought that this would be a one year stint for 35-year old Pablo Prigioni.
But according to his agent, the 35-year old point guard is open to returning to the New York Knicks for another season next year.
Prigioni’s agent, George Bass, told Jared Zwerling of 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.”
Before this season with the Knicks, Prigioni had spent 17 seasons playing professionally in Spain and Argentina.
But while he was a little used piece off of the bench for most of the season, once Prigioni was inserted into the starting lineup, the Knicks took off.
He doesn’t have eye popping numbers, as he has only averaged 3.5 points and 3.0 assists on the season, but Prigioni’s impact goes well beyond the box score. He’s a guy who always looks to get his teammates involved in the game and has shown the ability to be very tenacious defensively. Since he took over as the starter, the Knicks have gone 21-5 (including playoffs). That can’t be ignored.
Last summer, Prigioni signed a one-year veteran’s minimum deal for $473K. This offseason, the Knicks could make him a restricted free agent by giving him a qualifying offer before June 30. That offer for next season would be for $988K (the second-year veteran’s amount of $788K, plus a non-Bird exception of $200,000).
While another team could present Prigioni a higher contract, the Knicks could match any offer being that he will be a restricted free agent.
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