It goes without saying that before training camp starts, New York Knicks team president Phil Jackson is going to have to make a move or two to solve the Knicks problem of having way too many guards on the roster.
It looks like Pablo Prigioni and Wayne Ellington could be the two to go.
While names like J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Shane Larking have been floated around for a while now as trade bait, there hasn’t been much interest around the league.
Instead, as Marc Stein of ESPN.com reported, the Knicks will try and move both Prigioni and Ellington in a deal to create roster room and thin out their overcrowded backcourt.
New York was originally trying to trade Ellington on his own, notes Stein, but have been weighing adding Prigioni to any deal in order to create more interest.
Ellington was acquired in the Tyson Chandler trade with the Dallas Mavericks and could have some value in the triangle offense as a shooter, as he knocked down 42.4 percent of his attempts from behind the arc last season.
However he likely wouldn’t see many minutes and is likely viewed as expendable.
As for Prigioni, his hustle and energy are always nice off the bench, but Larkin opened up some eyes during the summer and it is likely that new Knicks head coach Derek Fisher would like to get the second-year pro some minutes off the bench when he wants to speed the game up.
The Knicks currently have 15 players under contract, the maximum allowed by the NBA and the roster is filled with players who likely aren’t Jackson guys.
Ellington has a $2,771,340 expiring contract while Prigioni will make $1,662,961 next season, and his deal his partially guaranteed for 2015-16.
Both players likely fit better into the Knicks system than some others they have on the roster, but someone has to go.
If the Knicks do clear some roster space, it is likely they will try and sign No. 51 pick Thanasis Antetokounmpo.