Pablo Prigioni, a 35-year-old Argentianean point guard who has been playing in Spain, has decided to accept the New York Knicks’ offer and come to the United States, according to Marc Berman. He’s set to become the oldest rookie in the NBA. Ever, I believe.
The Knicks have expressed interest in Prigioni for a while, but after agreeing to a deal with Jason Kidd, it seemed unlikely Prigioni would still be interested in coming to New York. He stands to be the third-string point guard, and according to him, he has no problem with the role.
I do not have problem to be the third point guard on the team. The season has 82 games and I have to be ready to play.
Prigioni is a pass-first point guard – image a Steve Nash light. He’ll bring great leadership to the team, and between he and Kidd, Jeremy Lin is in for a very educational year. Sure, four-years ago he might have been better prepared to make a splash into the NBA, but he’s coming over to be the Knicks’ third-string point guard. He’s a natural point guard and will make those around him better.
Now, since Prigioni is technically a rookie, I believe the maximum salary he’s eligible for is the roughly $473,604 veteran’s minimum for players with zero NBA experience. According to Prigioni, however, this move is about fulfilling a dream.
“I know I’m missing out on money, but I cannot miss this chance. The NBA is a dream and I want to meet it.” (via @AlRPerez)
I’m loving the moves Grunwald is making, and this is another great one. We saw our point guards drop like flies last year, so the more – serviceable – point guards, the better.
Also, Lin/Kidd/Prigioni is infinitely better than Douglas/Bibby/Davis.