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David Griffin no longer in play for Knicks GM role after withdrawal

As it stands, the New York Knicks are still without a general manager. That’s after former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin nixed his negotiation with the Knicks, who were earlier reported to be in talks with Griffin.

As insinuated by the report of The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears, the two sides have had difficulties coming into terms about what and how exactly Griffin’s role in New York is going to be.

Ex-Cavs GM David Griffin has pulled his name out of the Knicks’ GM and president search after he couldn’t come to agreement on the right role with the franchise, a source told The Undefeated.

The Knicks are actively seeking a general manager this offseason following the firing of Phil Jackson. Steve Mills, the Knicks’ GM during Jackson’s reign as president of basketball operations, is the front runner to become Jackson’s permanent replacement but the team has to find a general manger first for that to happen.

In an earlier report by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the original plan between Mills and Griffin was that the former would be the team’s full-fledged president while the latter would foresee basketball operations.

In the wake of Phil Jackson’s departure as president of basketball operations, Mills is expected to move into the president’s title — with Griffin, if he becomes GM, taking over the primary responsibilities of running basketball operations, league sources said.

The front office drama the Knicks are having are compounding the team’s already tumultuous offseason, which has seen the team strike out on some key free agents and give a largely criticized four-year, $71 million contract to Tim Hardaway Jr.