The Utah Jazz have plenty of young point guards on their roster considering both Trey Burke and Dante Exum call Salt Lake City home. But what they lack is veteran leadership at the point.
Given that, they apparently had interest in trading for New York Knicks point guard Pablo Prigioni and according to ESPN, the 37-year-old was nearly shipped off in a trade Wednesday afternoon.
Both the Knicks and the Sacramento Kings completed a two-team trade that involved Wayne Ellington, Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw, though the deal was nearly a three-team trade with Prigioni being sent to the Utah Jazz.
Pablo Prigioni was almost sent away as part of Wednesday’s transaction that netted Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. Stein reported on Twitter that one iteration of this deal had Prigioni going to Utah in a three-team trade. But the Jazz eventually backed out.
It’s not known as to what the Jazz would have been giving up in the deal, if anything. It’s completely possible that they simply didn’t want Pablo Prigioni’s salary or waste a roster spot on the aging point guard who wouldn’t have seen much floor time in Utah.
Still, you have to think he would have been a good veteran mentor for both Trey Burke and Dante Exum so it’s a little odd to hear the Jazz pulled out of such a deal.
The Knicks are said to like Prigioni and didn’t want to move him, though felt they may be forced to make such a move to rid themselves of Wayne Ellington.