New York Knicks rookie point guard Pablo Prigioni was been a nice surprise this season, but it may be nothing more than just a one year wonder if his wife has anything to say about it.
"Pablo Prigoni’s wife wants to return to Europe before next season, a source told the New York Post."
Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald, thinking he found a diamond in the rough when he attempted to sign Prigioni, wanted the Argentinian to sign a two-year deal but he refused, citing a desire to get a bigger contract. But now, if Prigioni wants to make his wife happy, he wont even be returning to the NBA.
For the Knicks, if they do want to make an offer to Prigioni, it’s going to be somewhat of a financial burden. Prigioni can be offered a qualifying contract given his free agent status, but the $900,000 dollar offer would eat into the Knicks’ $3 million dollar mini mid-level exception, something the Knicks may not want to do.
Prigioni, who averaged 14 minutes a game for the Knicks this season, put up 3.5 points and 3 assists a game on 45% shooting, starting 18 games in the process (and also started 10 games in the Knicks’ playoff run).