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Report: Knicks owner James Dolan considering copying Warriors, Lakers by hiring an agent as president

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The New York Knicks fired Steve Mills from his post as team president on Tuesday, and now, they are actively looking for a replacement.

While Knicks fans may want owner James Dolan to try and pry Masai Ujiri away from the Toronto Raptors, Dolan may be thinking of going in a different direction.

According to Ian Begley of ESPN, the Knicks are considering CAA agent Austin Brown for their open team president position. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN confirmed that Dolan may be looking to hire an agent to fill the role.

This would not be without precedent.

The Golden State Warriors hired Bob Myers as their president of basketball operations back in 2011, and the Los Angeles Lakers landed Rob Pelinka as their general manager in 2017.

The Warriors have certainly had quite a bit of success with Myers, as they won three championships and made five NBA Finals appearances between 2015 and 2019. While Myers didn’t draft Stephen Curry, he did draft key pieces like Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

As for Pelinka, the jury is still out, as Magic Johnson was the primary reason why the Lakers were able to nab LeBron James during the summer of 2017, but he did orchestrate the trade for Anthony Davis last June.

Brown is the agent of D’Angelo Russell, who has actually been mentioned as a player the Knicks could potentially be interested in trading for between now and the Thursday deadline.

Of course, just because a couple of other agents have forged successful careers as executives does not necessarily mean New York would be as lucky. The Knicks have struggled for a long time now, and they’re sitting at just 15-36 this season. Many believe the franchise will never turn things around until James Dolan sells the team, but that’s probably not going to happen in the near future.