Knicks could follow Warriors, Lakers examples by hiring an agent as president


NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Knicks fired President Steve Mills on Tuesday, shaking up the front office just two days before the National Basketball Association trade deadline, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.

Shortly after the Knicks dismissed Mills on Tuesday, they began targeting Toronto Raptors executive Masai Ujiri, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported. Things are not going well in NY tonight'. Mills was president of Madison Square Garden Sports from 2003 to 2008, another harrowing period for the Knicks, during which Mills suggested that the Knicks hire Isiah Thomas, the former Detroit Pistons guard, as president.

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Mills was the Knicks' general manager from 2013-17 before being elevated to president after Jackson's departure.

Mills originally joined the Knicks organization in 1999 as executive vice president of franchise operations before leaving in 2009. Other clients include former NBA All-Star D'Angelo Russell (who has been linked to NY in recent trade rumors), Donovan Mitchell, Jaren Jackson Jr.

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The Knicks were nearing a deal earlier Thursday with CAA player agent Leon Rose to make him the team's new president of basketball operations, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.

"If you listen to the scuttlebutt around the league, Andrea Bargnani is a Knick because he is a CAA/Leon Rose client just like 'Melo (why else would you take on that contract?). That's just the tip of the rumor iceberg".

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Dolan has publicly stated he has no interest in selling the Knicks, despite intense criticism aimed at both him and his front office. They will miss the playoffs again and could be active at the deadline, as players like Randle, Dennis Smith Jr., Kevin Knox, Bobby Portis and Frank Ntilikina have been mentioned in several trade rumors this week.