The Knicks’ search for a general manager has already kicked into high gear. The word on the street was that Raptors team president Masai Ujiri was the apple of James Dolan’s eye, but with Steve Mills and Tim Leiweke running the show, and with any acquisition of Ujiri almost certain to require some kind of compensation, New York’s brain is already moving on to other candidates.
The most immediate name on the list—one who has apparently already been in contact with the Knicks—is recently departed Cavaliers GM David Griffin, according to Ramona Shelburne:
The Knicks are assembling a list of candidates they'll speak to. That process is ongoing, but Griffin has had an initial conversation with the Knicks and is expected to have more talks when the team moves to the next level of the process, sources said.
In addition, the team is not expected to ask for permission to speak with Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri, sources told Shelburne.
Dolan was so enthralled by the Guru of 11 Rings, just imagine how excited he’ll be when he finds out Griffin won a title while actually performing the same GM duties the Knicks would ask him to perform!
Another name that his been floating around, per Ian Begley, is Oklahoma City Thunder GM Sam Presti, though he too would probably require compensation.
And out of left field emerged John Calipari, looking to get back into the pro ranks with an executive position (???). Coach Cal had to take to Twitter to dispel the rumors.
Even in Egypt I can’t escape the rumors. Are you kidding me?! It’s 5 in the morning here and this is what I wake up to?— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 30, 2017
Take it from me, bruh...the Knicks’ rumor mill never sleeps.