Knicks get Shved and 2 picks for Prigioni at deadline

prgioniThe Knicks mostly sat out Thursday’s trade deadline fireworks, but they did make one move.

New York traded Pablo Prigioni to Houston for Alexey Shved and second round picks in 2017 and 2019. The Knicks drop Prigioni’s $1.7 Million contract for next season ($300 K guaranteed) and replace it with Shved’s expiring deal, using one of their trade exceptions to accommodate the former Rocket’s larger contract. The Knicks are low on future picks, and Prigioni was a strong candidate to retire after the season, so this is a good move.

However, a lack of assets caused by hasty trades forced the Knicks to sit on the sidelines while quality point guards like Goran Dragic, Isaiah Thomas, Brandon Knight, and Michael-Carter-Williams.  With Dragic likely to sign with Miami long-term, it’s unclear if the Knicks will be able to upgrade their PG position going forward.

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