The Knicks‘ search for a general manager is apparently going to take a bit longer, as Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated reports that former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin has removed himself from consideration for the Knicks’ front office job. From Spears:
Ex-Cavs GM David Griffin has pulled his name out of the Knicks’ GM and president search after he couldn’t come to agreement on the right role with the franchise, a source told The Undefeated.
The news comes less than 24 hours after it was reported that Griffin and the Knicks were set to begin contract negotiations for the general manager role in New York. That same report also noted that Griffin might want to bring in his own front office and staff, which the Knicks could be reluctant to agree to. No word yet on whether that was the reason that negotiations fell apart.
Griffin reportedly met with Steve Mills, who is expected to step into the president of basketball operations role vacated by Phil Jackson earlier this summer. For that to happen, however, the Knicks will need to find themselves a general manager.
Griffin was the Cavs’ GM for three seasons, all finishing with trips to the Finals, and he helped build Cleveland’s only NBA title team in 2016.