Former Knicks PG Pablo Prigioni has taken a head coaching job with Baskonia, which plays in the Euro League in Spain, according to SB Nation.
The Knicks had been interested in hiring Prigioni as an assistant coach, according to a reprt in Sportando last month.
The 40-year-old Prigioni played with the Knicks from 2012 to 2015 before finishing his career with the Rockets and Clippers.
May 19: The hiring of Prigioni would've been a huge boost to the Knicks' coaching staff for many reasons. When thinking back to the last time the team had stability at the point guard position, Prigioni was part of the three-headed monster (alongside Jason Kidd and Raymond Felton) that helped pace New York to the Atlantic Division title back in 2012-13.
As a well-traveled veteran who competed at high levels internationally and the Olympics, Prigioni provided the team with a steadying presence. He was admired by many teammates who were receptive to the guidance he provided.
Carmelo Anthony was among those who had great respect for Prigioni, and while his own departure from New York may be near, it just proves that the floor general had an effective way of communicating to all levels of talent -- stars included.
During his playing days, Prigioni made smart and unselfish decisions with the basketball. He could be a great mentor for the young backcourt prospects the Knicks are expected to target. He was well known for his pesky defense and that signature move of stealing an opposing team's inbound pass in the backcourt.
Clearly a fan-favorite, Prigioni's return could also been a morale-booster to an otherwise frustrated following.