According to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, Former Cleveland Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin “has pulled his name out of the New York Knicks‘ general manager and president search after he couldn’t come to [an] agreement on the right role with the franchise.”
Steve Mills has continued his role as General Manager as the Knicks search continues to try and fill the void left by former President Phil Jackson.
On Saturday, Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com reported that aside from money, one of the things that lead to Griffin being hesitant about the job was his role in staffing decisions:
“One potential stumbling block to the Knicks’ pursuit of Griffin, league sources said: the willingness of the organization to allow Griffin to bring his own front office staff to Madison Square Garden. Much of the Knicks’ front office has survived several unsuccessful regimes, and the organization has been hesitant to make sweeping changes to the group, league sources said.”
Griffin would have more than likely perferred to bring his own staff across for the job, possibly some of the same people who helped him build an NBA Championship winning team in Cleveland.
According to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today, working for James Dolan was not one of the issues that Griffin had with the job.
The executive search will continue, but in the meantime, Knicks gonna Knicks.