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Nets looking for third point guard, but NOT Pablo Prigioni

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Fred Kerber writes that once Pablo Prigioni clears waivers following Sunday's Ty Lawson trade, he will not be returning to New York, that neither his former team, the Knicks, nor the Nets are interested in the 38-year-old Argentine.

"It is a case of been there, done that for the Knicks while the Nets simply do not want to go there despite an apparent desire for a third point guard," Kerber writes. "One league source flatly said "No" regarding Nets interest. The Nets likely will see what they have in training camp. Same with the Knicks who still have a veteran type in Jose Calderon and a rookie who needs minutes and nurturing in Jerian Grant."

Prigioni, who has a $440,000 guarantee, was traded Sunday from Houston to Denver as part of the compensation for Ty Lawson, then waived almost immediately.  There's been some speculation that Prigioni could wind up with the Nets because Lionel Hollins suggested last week that the team will need a third point guard. Before being traded to Houston last year, Prigioni averaged 3.9 points, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals in two and a half seasons with the Knicks, shooting .448, including .414 on 3s.

Kerber also notes the Nets hope they didn't let one get away in Orlando, pointing out that Jonathon Simmons, the MVP of the summer league championship game, played with the Nets in Orlando before the Spurs swooped in and signed him to a guaranteed deal. Simmons, a hyperathletic 6'6" shooting guard, played the last two years with the Spurs' D-League affiliate in Austin but San Antonio didn't sign him until last week.