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Report: Dolan, Knicks may pursue Masai Ujiri


Well this is kind of interesting.

Frank Isola of NY Daily News reports that Phil Jackson and James Dolan could have a clash on who the next head coach of the New York Knicks is. If that’s the case, they could change their GM, and Masai Ujiri would be at the top of the list.

Among the list of potential successors is believed to be Toronto Raptors GM Masai Ujiri, the highly regarded African-born executive who has an interesting history with Dolan.

The two worked on the Anthony trade when Ujiri worked for the Denver Nuggets. Ujiri also traded Andrea Bargnani to the Knicks for this year’s first round pick and was prepared to trade Kyle Lowry to New York a few seasons ago before Dolan vetoed the move.

So clearly, this falls under the category, “if you can’t beat him, hire him.”

There is a lot of moving pieces required here to make this work. The Knicks aren’t exactly an appealing franchise to take over right now in comparison to the Toronto Raptors, Masai built this team. And he’s also got 2 years left on his contract. It also doesn’t seem likely that Jackson leaves, but hey, it’s the Knicks. Regardless, if I’m a Raptors fan, I wouldn’t worry about this too much right now.

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