David Griffin decided to not take the Knicks job despite the two sides negotiating a contract. The former Cavaliers general manager was considered the favorite to take over as New York’s GM, but reports are that current GM Steve Mills made a power play.
According to the New York Daily News, Mills wants to be the president of basketball operations and Griffin reportedly wanted to bring in his own staff. This would include the removal of current assistant GM Allan Houston, so Griffin’s decision could be related to Mills’ influence.
From the Daily News:
In addition, Griffin’s preference to bring in his own front-office staff was an issue with the Knicks, whose current group of Steve Mills (the GM), Allan Houston (assistant GM), Jamie Mathews (vice president of basketball operations) and Kristian Petesic (director of scouting) have kept jobs at MSG and James Dolan’s trust through multiple regime changes.
A source told the Daily News that one of Griffin’s requests was to remove Houston, who has been with the Knicks as a player or an executive for the majority of the last 20 years.
Last month, when Griffin’s name first surfaced, a source told the News that the only way a partnership with Mills would work is if they operated separately — with Griffin in charge of personnel, and Mills tasked with the business, budget and politics of the team.
With Griffin pulling out, Mills is likely take over the team as president of basketball operations. He’s already been credited with New York’s signing of Tim Hardaway Jr. and his influence has helped keep the Knicks keep their front office intact.