Veteran Argentine point guard Pablo Prigioni is headed to Hollywood after agreeing to a contract with the Los Angeles Clippers. The 38-year-old PG was traded to the Denver Nuggets as part of the Ty Lawson trade but was waived by the Colorado franchise.
Prigioni cleared waivers on Wednesday and committed to a deal with the Clippers as per a report.
One of the oldest rookies to play in the league, Prigioni joined the New York Knicks in the 2012-13 season when he was already 36. But he has a rich international basketball record representing Argentina's national team since 2003 and helping his country win gold medals at the 2004 South American Championship, 2008 FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament and 2011 FIBA Americas Championship.
At the world stage, he was part of the national team that won the bronze medal for Argentina at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. In all competitions, Prigioni is known for his court savvy and reliable decision-making at the point guard spot.
With the Prigioni signing, the Clippers continued to reload their depth this offseason. Earlier in the summer, they also acquired veterans Paul Pierce and Josh Smith from free agency. Los Angeles also acquired Lance Stephenson in a trade with the Charlotte Hornets.
Prigioni is expected to serve as the primary or secondary backup to Chris Paul with the Clippers, who also have combo guard Austin Rivers in the lineup.
“Lob City” is primed for another playoff run in the coming NBA season with the newfound depth complementing the core of Paul, the athletic frontcourt of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan plus the scoring and shooting of J.J. Reddick and Jamal Crawford.