New York Knicks guard Pablo Prigioni told an Argentine radio station that if he has a choice, he'd like to stay in the NBA rather than return to Spain, the New York Post's Marc Berman reports. During the interview, the 36-year-old rookie also denied reports that his wife wanted the family to move back to Spain.
The Post reported during the Knicks' playoff run that Prigioni's wife, who had never left Spain until this year, was pushing her husband to head back to Europe. Before taking a one-year deal with New York this year, Prigioni, from Argentina, had played in the Spanish League since 1999. Supposedly, that one-year contract was to give himself an out if his family, which includes two young children, didn't like New York and the United States.
As a restricted free agent, it could be difficult for the financially-hampered Knicks to re-sign Prigioni to a larger contract, but he proved this season that he's a very viable NBA point guard. Prigioni played 16 minutes a game through 78 regular-season contests and saw increased time in the playoffs. He played 20 minutes per game and averaged 4.5 points and 3.2 assists for the Knicks in the postseason.
More importantly, Prigioni proved to be a pest on the defensive end, averaging 1.3 steals per game in the playoffs. He's a capable shooter to boot and could be a valuable backup point guard should the Knicks not match an offer thrown his way.