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Report: Knicks want to trade Pablo Prigioni for a second-round pick


Phil Jackson hasn’t exactly viewed Pablo Prigioni as a core piece, reportedly dangling the point guard to dump Wayne Ellington.

The Knicks traded Ellington to the Kings, and Prigioni began the season with New York.

But after falling from the Knicks’ rotation, Prigioni is even more expendable.

Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv:

Prigioni’s $1,734,572 2015-16 salary is just $290,000 guaranteed, but if the Knicks waive him this summer, they’d gain just $919,479 in cap room after the roster charge. If they trade him without taking salary in return, they’d gain $1,209,479  in cap room after the roster charge.

Considering Prigioni, despite being in just his third NBA season, is already 37, there’s probably not a spot for him on a rebuilding team.

But he’s still productive enough to help a contender. He passes and shoots well while limiting himself to only high-efficiency attempts. A knack for getting steals boosts otherwise lackluster defense.

The Cavaliers, reportedly in the market for a veteran point guard, could use him. They still have a second rounder left to deal — the lower of Chicago’s and Portland’s this year, though they likely won’t have another until 2020 — but matching salaries could be tricky. Perhaps, New York could do better, but the league is deep with point guards, and Jordan Farmar and Nate Robinson are free agents.

The Knicks’ focus should be on developing young players and maximizing 2015 cap room. Trading Prigioni for whatever draft pick they can get would help accomplish both.

Kenneth Faried soars for the monster slam vs. Spurs (VIDEO)

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Kenneth Faried is one of the game’s premier athletes, and had it all working Tuesday night against the Spurs.

On the way to finishing with 26 points and 14 rebounds, Faried posted some serious highlights — like this one, where he took off from the middle of the lane and flew in for the ferocious slam.

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Faried was great, but he couldn’t do it all by himself — the Spurs came away with a 10-point victory, their fourth straight.

Report: NBA considering moving D-League Showcase to Las Vegas

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It’s quickly growing into one of the must-see events on the NBA calendar — the D-League Showcase.

It took place last weekend in Santa Cruz, Calif. All 18 D-League teams came in played in one tournament event, showcasing the league’s talent, and allowing scouts and GMs one-stop shopping to get an in-person look at players they may want to try out on 10-day contracts. Already guys such as James Michael McAdoo, JaMychal Green, Quincy Miller and Tyrus Thomas got contracts out of the event. Plus, with all those front office people in one place trade rumors are flying off the walls.

The challenge for the league is becoming where to host it. The plan so far has been to move it around various D-League cities, but to be blunt as the event grows not every team and city has the facilities to accommodate the Showcase (arena, hotel rooms near the arena, restaurants, etc.). Plus, the front office types are willing to go to somewhere like Santa Cruz (and Reno before that) but would they return to Sioux Falls? Would they travel to Bakersfield?

They would travel to Las Vegas — home of the growing NBA Summer League — and the league has considered that kind of move, reports Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com.

The D-League is considering Las Vegas as a future stop for the Showcase even though the city does not have a team, commissioner Malcolm Turner said, a move that would deepen ties between the parent NBA and the gambling mecca….

“It’s one that we’re exploring,” Turner said. “It’s too early to say whether or not that is a strong possibility, but I think there are a lot of reasons why we would find it an attractive market to go to. Obviously that would work counter to … our teams hosting the Showcase. But Vegas is an interesting market for a lot of reasons.

“With NBA summer league in Vegas, we’ve had very good and strong experiences in Vegas. And certainly logistically and infrastructure wise, clearly that’s an easy box to check versus potentially some of the markets where we’re playing the D-League clearly there are some logistical hurdles. Las Vegas is set up to host big and significant events. That takes a lot of that (those hurdles) off the table.”

It may ultimately depend on the size of the showcase.

As a boutique event, hosting it in D-League cities makes a lot of sense. Why not bring it to Austin to promote the Toros, or to Canton to promote the Charge? If the city has the facilities, they should be able to host.

But as the event grows — and the showcase is growing as are the number of teams in the D-League — that list of cities will shrink. Then Vegas becomes a viable option. I’m not sure if the D-League Showcase is there yet, I don’t know if it needs to find a permanent home in Vegas.

But that day may be coming, sooner rather than later.