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Well, this is awkward.

We all knew Isiah Thomas was getting "reassigned" off the sideline and into some other wing of Knicks' staff...but we didn't know how serious they were about that. From ESPN:

Former New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas has been banned from having any contact with members of the team as part of his reassignment agreement with team president Donnie Walsh, the New York Daily News reported, citing a team source.


According to the report, there is concern that Thomas, if allowed to have any contact with the team, could either willingly or unwillingly undermine its new coach. Thomas acquired all the players on the current Knicks roster as team president.

First of all, this may prove to be a false report. That aside, I don't want to question Walsh this early on, but if you have so little trust for the guy, then why keep him around in any respect? If this is report true, it seems to me like a Dolan-engineered move. Perhaps Big Jim doesn't want to pay Isiah to leave, nor does he feel Isiah has what it takes to stick around. That creates a bit of a conundrum, as we're seeing here. Any thoughts on this? Is this is a smart move and I'm missing the point? What's the motivation?