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Rumors: Knicks might try to poach Cavaliers’ acting GM Griffin to work next to Phil Jackson

Apr 7, 2014, 4:55 PM EDT

David Griffin, Cavaliers AP

Phil Jackson is going to reshape the Knicks front office in his image, of that there is no doubt. The only question is who will be sitting in what chair once the music stops.

Steve Mills has been kept on as General Manager for now but he can’t feel a ton of job security at this point. Mills is a former agent known for his contacts, the Knicks could use a cap and numbers guy in the mix (although you have to think they have one in house already, there are some smart people there). Brian Geltzeiler of hoopscritic.com and Sirius XM NBA Radio said he heard from the start Mills would be moved to the business side of the Knicks operation.

Meaning apparently Jackson is looking to make a front office addition after the season, reports Mark Stein of ESPN (hat tip to Eye on Basketball). It’s not Steve Kerr, if he comes to NYC it’s to coach. From that jumping off point Stein does an interesting bit of speculation.

One of the latest theories in circulation, among rivals coaches and executives, suggests that Jackson will lean on Kerr for guidance if Kerr indeed winds up replacing Woodson. And that would presumably thrust a longtime Kerr associate, such as Cleveland Cavaliers acting general manager David Griffin, into the mix.

Yet, it’s also widely believed that Jackson wants to put off any searching, even for a new right-hand man in the executive suite, until after this season plays out.

Griffin is the guy thrust into the Cavaliers job when Chris Grant was let go mid-season, and Griffin made some smart moves (he brought in Spencer Hawes, for one). They weren’t moves that could savage the Cavaliers season because nothing could, but they were smart moves.

What does that mean for Griffin’s future in Cleveland? Who the heck knows, Dan Gilbert is the owner. It could go any direction.

But if Kerr, Jackson and the Knicks come calling it might be hard for him to say no.

It’s a rumor, just something to watch going forward.

  1. provguard - Apr 7, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    If Griffin was part of the selecting Bennett as a #1, it figures the Knicks would want him…

  2. cantonbound13 - Apr 7, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Trust in the Zen Master

  3. eugenesaxe1 - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Here’s how that call will play out…
    Griffin: Hello?
    Jackson: Hey, this is Phil Jackson. I was wonderi…”
    Griffin: YES! WHATEVER IT IS, IF IT GETS ME OUT OF CLEVELAND, YES!

  4. doubledown44 - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    The New York Knicks general manager job is not one that has a lot of job security to begin with, but even if it did, the way it’s set up now is almost a lose-lose proposition. If the Knicks win, Phil Jackson will get the credit. If the Knicks lose, the GM will take a lot of (if not nearly all of) the heat.

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