Free agent Pablo Prigioni has reached an deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to league sources.
The 38-year-old veteran guard was sent to Denver Nuggets after a Ty Lawson trade by the Houston Rockets. Prigioni cleared waivers on Wednesday before committing to a deal with the Clippers.
Prigioni’s exploits have established him as a reliable lead guard in three NBA seasons. The Clippers were eager to include a key playmaker in their roster, and Prigioni can fit in as a best choice for that role. The experienced campaigner is capable of running offensive sets and Doc Rivers can utilize his ball-handling skills as well. By roping in Prigioni, the Clippers have completed the stipulated 15 players in their roster as per NBA rules.
Prigioni has a decent career record, averaging 3.8 points and three assists throughout his career, and shooting 39.8 percent from the 3-point range. He averaged 4.1 points and 2.6 assists in 17.9 minutes per game last season, where he featured for Houston Rockets and New York Knicks.
Doc Rivers and his front office were keen to sign two players featured in Rockets’ Western Conference semifinal victory over them last season, Josh Smith and Prigioni. They have now secured the services of both.