Is New York prepared to pay to pry Ujiri away? Will he be able to bring his staff? As always, the details matter by James Herbert @outsidethenba Feb 4, 2020 at 5:17 pm ET • 3 min read Just two days from the trade deadline, the New York Knicks fired Steve Mills on Tuesday, temporarily making general manager Scott Perry their top basketball executive. Five minutes after his initial tweet, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted that Knicks owner James Dolan wants Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri to run the show, surprising zero people who have been paying even cursory attention. A reminder: In April 2016, when New York’s president of basketball operations was Phil Jackson, its (interim) coach was Kurt Rambis and its starting backcourt was Jerian Grant and Sasha Vujacic, Frank Isola reported in the New York Daily News that Dolan saw Ujiri as a possible successor to Jackson. Ujiri signed a contract extension with the Raptors a few months later, but the rumors never stopped. Here are three stories this website has published on the matter:June 28, 2017: Knicks and Phil Jackson part ways; James Dolan reportedly targets Raptors’ UjiriJune 29, 2017:Report: Knicks ‘confident’ Masai Ujiri will leave Raptors for… Read full this story
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