David Griffin had interest in becoming president of basketball operations for the New York Knicks in 2017, but only if he reportedly directly to ownership. Sources close to the negotation indicate James Dolan sent word he was "excited" about that prospect.

The deal fell apart when Griffin realized he would not have full autonomy and would be working with and likely reporting to Steve Mills.

The Knicks agreed to sign Tim Hardaway Jr. to a four-year, $71 million contract while Griffin was on a flight to New York to meet with Mills.

Griffin went ahead with the meeting, but removed his name from consideration shortly thereafter.

Griffin worked in the media from 2017 until 2019 when he was hired by the New Orleans Pelicans.