Having played in the NBA for two seasons, Prigioni’s stats make him a worthy member of the Knicks’ inner circle. However, the Knicks are in a tight cap situation, and Prigioni isn’t expected to play a large role on the court this season. With Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler signed for a while, the need for a scoring big man isn’t as pressing as it once was.
While the Knicks have their eye on the prize in the playoffs, they’re still operating in a small cap space. That’s where a solid bet comes into play. One could argue that the best way to build up the Knicks’ cap space is to bolster the frontcourt, and a solid floor spacing option in the form of Raymond Felton might be the ticket. Using the savvy point guard as a wingman would give the team a solid scoring punch in a hurry. The best part is that Prigioni’s age isn’t a deal breaker. In fact, the team could use his services to the tune of a million dollars per season, if they so choose. This is a smart move, and it’s likely that this deal will be in place long enough for the Knicks to cash in on it.
Prigioni’s biggest flaws come from the fact that he’s old and his contract is set to expire in the summer of 2018. This will be a tough pill to swallow, but the Argentinian’s production is second to none when it comes to cost-to-return. As a result, the Knicks are positioned to make a deep run in the upcoming playoffs.