It’s been no secret that the New York Knicks need to add another point guard or two this offseason.
It’s also been no secret that they would like Pablo Prigioni to return for a second season in blue and orange.
In addition, Frank Isola of the New York Daily News tweets that Prigioni told a friend today that he hopes to reach an agreement with the club “real soon.”
If the Knicks do reach an agreement with Prigioni, it will be both a good and bad situation.
The good part is obviously the Knicks were a much better team last season with Prigioni on the floor. The ball movement and spacing was always better with him on the floor compared to Raymond Felton at the point and if you look at the Knicks best plus-minus lineups from a season ago, Prigioni was in the best five-man units.
Despite being a 36-year old rookie a season ago, Prigioni is an asset. One worth bringing back for a couple more seasons.
However the bad part comes down to money.
Prigioni made slightly under $1 million last season, which is a figure that is likely to go up, although not by a great deal.
The Knicks will have to dip into some of their $3 million mini mid-level exception to sign Prigioni. But that is money they won’t be able to give out elsewhere.
When you only have $3 million to improve a team that currently has a ton of holes to fill, you have to ask yourself if it is worth shelling out some of that to a player that Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson inexplicably won’t play.
If Woodson doesn’t give Prigioni the minutes he earned this season, similar to last season, is it really worth shelling out any money?
However despite Woodson’s lack of reasoning for not playing Prigioni enough, it’s still a move the Knicks have to make.
Maybe Woodson will learn a lesson and next year will play the players who make the team better. If that’s the case then that means Prigioni will be on the floor more in 2014.
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