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Knicks take a pass on Raptors’ Masai Ujiri for vacant presidency

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Despite being their first-reported interest, the New York Knicks are no longer expected to seek permission from the Toronto Raptors to talk to president Masai Ujiri for their same vacant role, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.

With former Knicks president Isiah Thomas recently declining interest to come back to his old role, the main candidate in the organization’s line of sight is former Cleveland Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin, who parted ways with the organization shortly after the team lost the NBA Finals.

New York has reportedly started gathering information on Griffin, who boasts over two decades of experience as an executive in the league, but maintain that their focus will hone-in to the available free agents in the market, as the Knicks look to fill the many holes left by former president Phil Jackson upon his split from the team.

Griffin was Cleveland’s general manager for three season, in-coincidentally the three most-successful seasons in franchise history.

The Knicks will need a lot more than just a president to purge the stigma of being a dysfunctional and ingrate organization as they proved to be throughout last season, in the midst of many issues between their players and their front office.