Pablo Prigioni a necessary signing by the Knicks

With just one point guard on the roster, the New York Knicks moved to secure Pablo Prigioni, re-signing him to a three-year deal that will pay him just under $6 million. The third year is a team option.

The Knicks essentially had to decide between Prigioni and Chris Copeland given their salary situation, and for all of Copeland's benefits, they made the right decision. Prigioni's play in the starting lineup with Raymond Felton was a huge key to the Knicks' second-half surge last season. Per NBA.com, the Knicks were a better shooting (53.3 effective field goal percentage vs. 50.6), passing (17.2-percent assist ratio vs. 15.1) and defensive (100.9 points allowed per 100 possessions vs. 104.7) with Prigioni on the court as opposed to on the bench. He was a glue guy that helped elevate the play of others while on the floor, particularly when used with a group of starters that could mask his shooting reluctance.

All that for a dirt-cheap price. Nice job by Glen Grunewald.

GRADE: A

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