The New York Knicks have fired president of basketball operations steve mills, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. While general manager Scott Perry will take over the front office in an interim basis, Toronto Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri is expected to be the first name in owner James Dolan’s list of potential replacements, according to SNY’s Ian Begley.
Ujiri is still under contract with the Raptors until the 2020-21 season, meaning the Knicks will likely have to offer something in return to nab the former Executive of the Year. Meanwhile, Perry, the team’s general manager, who was once acquired a similar way in an offseason transaction with the Sacramento Kings, is likely to run at the helm of the Knicks’ front office until Dolan is able to ask for permission to interview Ujiri and other candidates for the position of president of basketball operations.
The Knicks got off to an awful 15-36 start, despite being expected to be “competitive enough” to fight for a potential playoff seed.
New York parted ways with head coach David Fizdale in December after a 4-18 start to the season, but even after leaving the team to interim coach Mike Miller, the Knicks have only mustered an 11-18 record since — falling way shy of Dolan’s expectations for the 2019-20 season.
This isn’t the first time that Ujiri was linked to the Knicks, as only minutes after the Raptors won their first NBA title, he was soon being linked to Dolan and the Knicks — a potential pairing that appears to persist even more than halfway into the season.