Mar 12, 2014 12:03 AM EDT
James Dolan has reportedly solicited the help of Bill Bradley in negotiations with Phil Jackson and the two sides could sign a deal that earns Jackson in excess of $15 million per year, according to a source.
Jackson also has had preliminary discussions with the Knicks about owning a minority stake in the team.
Bradley won a championship with Jackson on the 1973 Knicks and is a former U.S. Senator and Presidential candidate.
If Jackson joins the Knicks, Steve Mills will remain in the front office.
Jackson has been seeking a deal similar to the one Jerry West has with the Golden State Warriors in which he is an advisor. West takes approximately two trips from his home in the Los Angeles area to Oakland.
Jackson has little interest in relocating to New York on a full time basis and running the day-to-day operations of the club. Jackson's plan could include him hiring a general manager while serving as final decision maker along with Dolan.
Steve Kerr has been mentioned as a possible head coaching candidate under Jackson.
Dolan believes Jackson is worth making the face of the Knicks' franchise.
Mar 11, 2014 11:25 AM EDT
Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks are discussing a deal for him to run their front office and ESPN's Chris Broussard reports a deal could be finalized by the end of the week.
Jackson has never previously run a front office, but was linked to the ownership group that attempted to purchase the Sacramento Kings last season.
"Everything is pretty much done," the source said. "There are just some little things here and there that need to be worked out, but the Knicks are very confident that this is essentially done."
Jackson would take over the Knicks' basketball operations department from current president and general manager Steve Mills.
There has been speculation that Jackson is using his negotiations with the Knicks to get a top job with another club, particularly the Lakers, but sources say the Knicks have no concerns over that type of scenario.
Multiple reports have linked Steve Kerr to the head coaching job of the Knicks if Jackson is hired.
Mar 10, 2014 8:49 PM EDT
The New York Knicks and Phil Jackson continue to discuss a deal for him to run the front office.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that no one in Jackson's camp thinks a deal is "close."
Bill Simmons of ESPN reported on Sunday that Steve Kerr would be a leading candidate to become head coach if Jackson is hired. Frank Isola of the New York Daily News also reports Kerr could be strongly considered.
Kerr is currently an analyst with TNT and was previously general manager of the Phoenix Suns.
"My guess would be Steve Kerr because they're close," said Simmons. "Steve Kerr wants to get into coaching and has said hopefully this season would be the year."
Mar 10, 2014 6:22 PM EDT
The New York Knicks and Phil Jackson are discussing a deal for him to run the front office.
Donnie Walsh was given tremendous power when he was hired in 2008 in a similar deal, but that had limitations when James Dolan chose to intervene. Dolan also gave considerable power to Isiah Thomas.
"Nobody will ever have full autonomy," a high-ranking league official told Yahoo Sports. "Donnie had it in his deal, and when he questioned it, it was, 'See you later.' "
Dolan believes Jackson is capable of swinging the balance of power in free agency.
But Dolan's persistent policy of stonewalling the media provides a foundation for the Knicks' turmoil.
"The biggest issue for [Dolan] is the no-talk policy with the media," a high-ranking league official said. "Everybody signs on, except for Walsh. And after that [Dolan] said, "Never again.' "
Mar 10, 2014 4:55 PM EDT
The New York Knicks have acquired the right to own and operate an NBA D-League team that will play in White Plains, New York.
The new team will be the NBA D-League’s record 18th team and will be the exclusive affiliate of the New York Knicks, playing its home games at the Westchester County Center, approximately 30 miles north of New York City. The Knicks become the seventh NBA team to fully own and operate their own NBA D-League affiliate.
“We are thrilled to work with the New York Knicks and Westchester County to bring NBA D-League basketball to White Plains,” Dan Reed said. “The New York area has a rich basketball history and we’re excited to give some of the game’s best fans the opportunity to watch top NBA prospects up close and personal in an intimate, family-friendly and affordable environment.”
Allan Houston will serve as the new team’s general manager.
Mar 10, 2014 4:44 PM EDT
Carmelo Anthony and James Harden have been named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, March 3, through Sunday, March 9.
Harden led the Houston Rockets to a 4-0 week, which included wins over the Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers and Portland Trail Blazers. He averaged 30.3 points (second in the league), 6.8 assists (seventh in the conference) and 2.50 steals (tied for third in the conference).
Anthony led the New York Knicks to a 3-1 week behind averages of 29.0 points (third in the conference), 5.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.75 steals (fifth in the conference).
Mar 10, 2014 9:33 AM EDT
The New York Knicks will sign Earl Clark and Shannon Brown to second 10-day contracts.
Clark and Brown were signed following the release of Beno Udrih and Metta World Peace.
Mar 10, 2014 9:31 AM EDT
The New York Knicks are pursuing Phil Jackson to run the basketball side of their organization. If Jackson accepts the job, the first major order of business will be the free agency of Carmelo Anthony.
“I don’t even know what’s going on with that,’’ Anthony said. “Nobody came to me about that. Until that time comes, I’m not going to know what’s going on.
“It’s hard to say at this particular moment. If anything, it’s not going to be right now. I’m pretty sure they’d try to wait for the offseason and then we’ll deal with all that stuff.’’
Mar 08, 2014 8:06 PM EST
Phil Jackson is leaning toward accepting a front office job with the New York Knicks, according to a source.
Jackson's role would be president of basketball operations, in complete control of all basketball-related matters, according to the source.
Jackson could also become head coach next season, though that aspect of the deal is not yet settled.
Jackson is expected to make a decision with the next week.
Mar 08, 2014 12:21 PM EST
Carmelo Anthony denied a report that he discussed joining the Chicago Bulls with Joakim Noah during All-Star Weekend.
“No, not at all,” Anthony replied when asked if there was any truth to the report. “I can’t have that conversation.”
Anthony reportedly asked Noah what it is like to play for Tom Thibodeau.
Noah declined comment when asked on Friday.
“You want me to address that?” Noah said. “I don’t feel like addressing it. I really have nothing to say about it.”
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Phil Jackson has been offered a role with the Knicks and will decide within the next week.
Carmelo Anthony would benefit financially and possibly have more clarity about the Knicks by waiting until 2015 for free agency.
Phil Jackson has expressed interest in the media in running a front office.
Sources say that it would be difficult for Carmelo Anthony to leave New York while also taking less money.
Carmelo Anthony and his camp are not interested in entering free agency in 2015.
Prior to his release, a source says that Chris Smith had already left the team due to having issue with his playing time.
Carmelo Anthony experienced his longest postseason run under George Karl in 2009.
Trading Amar'e Stoudemire for a contract longer in length would compromise the Knicks' plans for cap space in 2015.
Carmelo Anthony was diagnosed with a bruised hand on Saturday.
The Knicks have lost five straight games and fell to 21-38.
Tad Smith, president of Cablevision Systems Corp., will replace Hank Ratner.
The Knicks has signed guard Shannon Brown and Earl Clark to 10-day contracts.
Carmelo Anthony will be a free agent this offseason and was asked on Thursday how the Knicks' disappointing 13-14 season will factor into his decision.
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Shannon Brown was previously with the Spurs on a 10-day deal.
Earl Clark signed a two-year, $9 million deal last summer with the Cavaliers.
Tiny Gallon has had a strong season in the D-League with Delaware.
Raymond Felton turned himself in early Tuesday morning and was arrested on felony gun possession charges.
Leon Rose, agent for Carmelo Anthony, met with Steve Mills and Allan Houston on Monday.
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Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih have been waived by the Knicks.
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