The New York Knicks fired David Fizdale from his post as head coach on Friday and it doesn't appear that team president Steve Mills will be that far behind.
According to Frank Isola of The Athletic, Mills will likely be fired or demoted.
“These last two seasons fall directly on Mills, who, according to sources, will either be reassigned or simply removed from the building. His expiration date is long overdue. The Athletic reported last month that Dolan will try again to pry Raptors President Masai Ujiri from Toronto. If that doesn’t work, maybe NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will point Dolan toward R.C. Buford, Sam Presti, Neil Olshey and Daryl Morey. The Knicks are in the early stages of another massive overhaul that will only work if Dolan gives his next executive savior full autonomy.”
Isola adds that owner James Dolan will likely try to pry Masai Ujiri away from the Toronto Raptors. Dolan has been intrigued by Ujiri, who built a championship team in Toronto, for quite some time.
If that doesn't work, Isola notes that NBA commissioner Adam Silver may then point Dolan in the direction of executives such as R.C. Buford (Spurs), Sam Presti (Thunder), Neil Olshey (Trail Blazers) or Daryl Morey (Rockets).
Of course, because all of those executives are currently employed, it would not be easy for Dolan to convince them to join the Knicks, especially considering that many of them are in good situations with their current franchises.
Mills' dismissal seems long overdue.
Since being put into a position of power in 2013, the Knicks have fallen flat, missing the playoffs in each of the last six years and putting together some historically bad seasons in the process.
New York also struck out in free agency this past summer, as Mills and general manager Scott Perry were operating under the assumption that Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant would sign with the Knicks.
Instead, Irving and Durant hooked up with the Brooklyn Nets, leaving New York scrambling to sign C and D-tier free agents.
The Knicks are 4-18 on the season.