Knicks links: Pablo Prigioni tells ESPNNewYork he's open to return, other options
The NBA's All-Rookie teams may not have reflected it, but Pablo Prigioni was among the most effective first-year players in 2012-2013.
The 37-year-old native of Argentina finally made his way to the NBA after years of ranking among the best point guards in Spain. He even found his way into the Knicks' starting lineup by the end of the year, helping to spark to a 13-game winning streak in the process.*
His overall numbers (3.5 points, 3.0 assists per game) weren't overwhelming, but Prigioni did average an assist in 42.7 percent of his possessions and could have the chance to improve upon that if he decides to stay in the NBA.
That, however, is up in the air.
"Of course I would like to return, Prigioni told ESPN's Jared Zwerling. "I really enjoyed this year. It was a great experience for me and my family. My first option is to play in NBA, but I'm open to hearing and watching my options. We will see."
It's difficult for Prigioni to ask his family to stay in the States, particularly when they've split time between Argentina and Spain for so many years, but he does admit he became more comfortable in America as the season wore on.
"It was much better than I could imagine," he said. "The first part of the season I used to learn everything about the league, my teammates, the NBA game, to adjust to the country, improve my English. I still speak terrible [laughs]. Also, to help my family and to discover the way how to play and help the team. And in the second part, I started to feel much better -- my family, too. I had more confidence in my game and we really enjoyed the last part of the season together."
Jason Kidd is supposedly going to return, but he can't defend point guards anymore and frankly doesn't offer as much offensively as Prigioni. If the Knicks want to have depth at the position, it's an essential that they retain Prigioni, who will likely be willing to accept 120 percent of his rookie salary (the most the Knicks can offer him) unless a better deal comes along.