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Pablo Prigioni agrees to three-year deal to return to Knicks


The Knicks solidified their backcourt for next season by agreeing to bring back two of the team’s key free agents.

After getting J.R. Smith to return on a deal reported to be four years and close to $25 million, New York has come to terms with Pablo Prigioni, as well.

From Al Innazzone of Newsday:

Prigioni, 36, is getting a three-year deal for just under $6 million, [his agent] George Bass said. The third year is a partially guaranteed team option.

The Knicks had to dip into their $3.18 million mini-midlevel for Prigioni. They should have around $1.7 million left on that exception plus as many minimum contracts as they need to fill out their roster.

Prigioni was a fan favorite in New York who started 10 of the Knicks’ 11 playoff games, and proved to be a capable defender and initiator of the offense, despite being the NBA’s oldest rookie at age 36.

With the loss of Jason Kidd, who averaged 26.9 minutes per game in 48 starts for the Knicks last season, Prigioni is likely to be the one to fill that position. Kidd retired after 19 NBA seasons, and is now the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets.

Greg Smith fails physical, will not join Pelicans

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With both starter Omer Asik and backup Alexis Ajinca out injured for the rest of the preseason (and maybe a little longer), the Pelicans are looking for a center to put next to Anthony Davis for a stretch. That could include a handful of regular season games.

Greg Smith was going to be that man, but the 24-year-old failed his physical, reports the Times-Picayune.

The New Orleans Pelicans were set to sign power forward Greg Smith, but sources said Friday night that he failed his physical examination and will not be joining the team.

And so the search goes on.

The problem is, there are not quality big men still out there on the market, there is a limited supply and just about anyone worth having is spoken for. A few with non-guaranteed contracts may be waived as we get closer to the end of training camps, but that is likely a couple of weeks away.

With both Asik and Ajinca expected back in a few weeks, it’s not worth making a trade or some big move to bring in a center, the Pelicans are just going to have to live with what is out there.

Kevin Durant with huge dunk on visiting Fenerbahce Ulker

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Welcome to America, Fenerbahce Ulker.

The Turkish powerhouse was in America playing some exhibition games this preseason, and they got a first-hand reminder that Kevin Durant is back. KD had 13 points in the Thunder’s easy 111-81 win.

Not to be outdone, Russell Westbrook got in on the act.