New York Knicks general manager Steve Mills isn’t viewed as a nice guy from a fan’s perspective. Rarely has he talked to the media during his tenure for the ball club during the team’s struggles over the years, and it appears that he may not be the GM anymore. According to a story from CBS Sports, president of basketball operations Phil Jackson could hire David Griffin to be the next GM of the Knicks.
Griffin is currently the acting general manager for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He has been working for Cleveland’s front office since 2010. Previously, he was the vice president of basketball operations for his hometown Phoenix Suns. Griffin’s career began with the team when he was a student-intern from Arizona State University.
What makes this potential move so compelling is Griffin’s relationship with former NBA guard and TNT analyst Steve Kerr. Kerr was hired as the Suns president alongside Griffin. The two had been working together until Kerr’s departure from the team in 2010. Later that summer, Griffin joined the Cavaliers. If Steve Kerr becomes the next coach in New York based on rumors from multiple news outlets, he could reunite with former colleagues Griffin and Jackson.
This move would actually help Mills, too. CBS Sports reports that Mills will receive a position where he can focus on the team’s business operations while Griffin will be responsible with player scouting and management. He was named Black Enterprise’s Corporate Executive of the Year as a Sports Business President during his first term with the Knicks in 2003. He had since left the team to work with Magic Johnson Enterprises until rejoining New York in 2013.
New York currently has a lot of mess to clean up. If these moves become a reality in the near future, this is a good sign for the team to create a strong brand of basketball for years to come.