It’s a home coming of sorts as Pablo Prigioni returns to the Houston Rockets on a reported 2-year deal.
Just two seasons ago Pablo Prigioni was wearing a Houston Rockets jersey and offering a serviceable if somewhat defensively stunted back-up for the point guard position.
Free agent guard Pablo Prigioni has reached agreement on a two-year deal with Houston, league sources tell @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 14, 2016
It’s not exactly the type of signing that has you jumping up and down considering the age of Prigioni (39), yet the 2-year contract is likely of the veteran minimum variety and with a team option attached to the second year.
Last season with the Clippers Prigioni appeared in 59 games registering 2.5 points, 1.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.9 steals and shot 37.4% from the field in 13.9 minutes per game.
Prigioni will find himself deep on the bench behind Patrick Beverley and Eric Gordon at the point guard position. Further, James Harden is still expected to be the primary play maker, so this signing seems to be more for insurance in case of injury.
D’Antoni has always been a coach who likes to have a veteran PG on his staff, so the signing makes sense in that regard as well.
That said, the question this raises is does this mean the Rockets are moving on from Jason Terry? It seemed logical D’Antoni would want Terry who can still hit the 3-ball. This past season Prigioni hit 29.5% from deep whereas Terry hit for 35.6% and is a strong leader in the locker room.
Perhaps Terry has given reason for the Rockets to believe he wants to move on. It’s unknown what negotiations or conversations take place behind closed doors. Though speculation can be made Terry may be requesting more than the veteran minimum or maybe there are unknown history issues between he and D’Antoni. All that can be assumed is this Prigioni signing makes it far less likely Terry will be back next season.
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