Report: Cavaliers tried to trade for Pablo Prigioni at deadline

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The Cavaliers ended up with two former members of the New York Knicks in the middle of the season, and evidently also tried to get a third.

As Cleveland looked to bolster its roster with competent rotation players for the stretch run, it reportedly looked to add guard depth by dealing for Pablo Prigioni, before the Knicks ultimately traded him somewhere else.

Marc Berman of the New York Post:

According to a source, the Cavaliers made a big pitch at the trade deadline for Knicks point guard Pablo Prigioni . The Knicks instead dealt Prigioni to Houston with a trade exception for a package that included Alexey Shved and two second-rounders. Prigioni helped Houston in the wake of Patrick Beverly’s injury and could have come in handy for the Cavaliers after the loss of Kyrie Irving .

The interesting part about this is that if Prigioni had been brought over, it’s possible he would have been given a shot at taking the minutes that eventually went to Matthew Dellavedova, who has come up huge for the Cavaliers this postseason.

Prigioni was a rotation player for the Rockets in the playoffs, and averaged around 20 minutes per game for them in the early rounds before playing far less against the juggernaut that is (was?) the Golden State Warriors. Houston can retain him on a non-guaranteed deal for $1.7 million next season.