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Knicks open to dealing Prigioni?

The Knicks are trying to deal shooting guard Wayne Ellington to open room on the roster, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.

Wayne Ellington

Wayne Ellington

#97 SG
New York Knicks

2014 STATS

  • GM45
  • PPG3.5

  • RPG1.0

  • APG0.5

  • FG%.437

  • FT%.909

To do so, they may have to pair point guard Pablo Prigioni in a deal with Ellington, Stein reports.

It is unclear at this point why the Knicks would be interested in opening up a roster spot. They currently have 14 players under guaranteed contracts. The NBA maximum is 15. The Knicks have a team option on Jeremy Tyler's contract which they have not exercised yet. They also could still sign free-agent guard Toure' Murry.

Earlier in the summer, the Knicks explored their trade options with guards Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith and Shane Larkin.

Pablo Prigioni

Pablo Prigioni

#9 PG
New York Knicks

2014 STATS

  • GM66
  • PPG3.8

  • RPG2.0

  • APG3.5

  • FG%.461

  • FT%.917

None of this means the players mentioned above are going to be traded. It simply means the Knicks have talked about possibly dealing them.

Still, it is interesting that Prigioni’s name has been discussed. He has proved to be a strong perimeter shooter (46 percent from beyond the arc last season and 43 percent over the past two seasons) and distributor. Prigioni assisted on more than 25 percent of field goals scored while he was on the floor last season. He also averaged six assists per 36 minutes.

So why would the Knicks be so desperate to include Prigioni in a deal to dump Ellington?

One reason may be a desire to balance out the roster. President Phil Jackson and GM Steve Mills have mentioned that the Knicks have a surplus in the backcourt, with Mills saying last month that the Knicks are “heavy” at shooting guard. Ellington is one of four shooting guards under contract.

Question: It's hard to discuss the pros and cons of a trade involving Prigioni without knowing what's coming back. But do you think the Knicks should include Prigioni in a deal to create room for another player if the move improved the front line?

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