The Knicks have dealt Pablo Prigioni to the Houston Rockets for point guard Alexey Shved and the Rockets’ second-round picks in 2017 and 2019. On top of the second round picks and Shved’s expiring contract, the Knicks shed Prigs’ salary for next season, which is just a slight salary dump due to Prigioni’s guarantee next season being $300,000 over a minimum cap hold spot.
The Rockets’ unprotected second-round picks in 2017 and 2019 are unlikely to be good picks, but they are unprotected and that serves some real value. The Knicks not getting them until two years from now is a bit rough, though, and that hurts the value of the deal. I guess overall I’ll go with B/B+. Either way, it is Jackson’s best trade so far. But of course, while it was his best trade it was also one of his least consequential. Like getting an A+ on a paper that only counts for 5% of your total grade. It’s still good to get the A+, but keep it in perspective.
As for Prigioni, I wish him the best. He seemed like a great guy and he was a good Knick. He also did very well in the playoffs, so I suspect that the Rockets will be happy to have him in this year’s playoffs.
In other trade deadline news, Knicks target (kind of), Goran Dragic, was dealt to the Heat for two first round picks, Danny Granger, Justin Hamilton, Norris Cole and former Knick Shawne “Extra E” Williams.
Also, former Knick Steve Novak has found his way to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a deal sending Enes Kanter to the Thunder for Reggie Jackson, Perry Jones and Kendrick Perkins.