Just a day after New York and team president Phil Jackson parted ways, the Knicks seem to have their eyes on his successor in Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri.
In fact, the Knicks are 'confident' Ujiri will be headed to New York soon. Here's more from a Wednesday report from the Toronto Star.
All that just makes the Knicks more desperate for a new saviour, and league sources indicate the Knicks are already confident Ujiri is coming to New York. When Ujiri came to Toronto from Denver he was lured by the city, the geography — it is easier to get home every summer to Africa, where Ujiri pours his soul every summer into his Giants of Africa charity — the resources, and the challenge of fixing a franchise that had never been fixed.
Ujiri is in the first year of a five-year contract which he signed September of 2016, but with rampant speculation about the Knicks' interest in pulling him from Toronto, he has yet to comment on the matter.
Ujiri has served as the Raptors GM since 2013, and Toronto has enjoyed plenty of success under his watch. In just four seasons, the Raptors have made four playoff appearances, including a trip to the Eastern Conference finals in the 2015-16 season.
Although the Knicks are coming off another season in which they missed the playoffs and won just 31 games, there are promising pieces on the roster to build around in Latvian star Kristaps Porzingis, newly drafted French point guard Frank Ntilikina and aging superstar Carmelo Anthony. This trio could entice Ujiri, who won NBA Executive of the Year honors in 2013.