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Report: Masai Ujiri looking unlikely as Knicks’ James Dolan rushes to hire new president

Masai Ujiri, James Dolan, Knicks

New York Knicks owner James Dolan reportedly wants to hire a new president by season’s end, which means a Masai Ujiri hire is looking unlikely, according to Marc Berman of The New York Post.

Ujiri is still under contract with the Toronto Raptors. He becomes free to leave after the 2020-21 season.

The Knicks fired Steve Mills as team president on Tuesday. Scott Perry will take over basketball operations for the Knicks on an interim basis:

According to an NBA source, James Dolan sacked president Steve Mills two days before the trade deadline so he could begin researching and interviewing presidential candidates without having to do so in clandestine fashion.

The source said Dolan was not intending to renew Mills’ option after the season and wanted to get a jump on in the interview process without it coming out in the media with Mills still in power.

According to a source, Dolan has been leery on Masai Ujiri, with the mounds of publicity he has gotten as a candidate and using the Knicks as leverage with Toronto. The source said Dolan reveres loyalty and still isn’t extremely keen on getting Ujiri to break his contract, requiring him the Knicks to give up at least one first-round pick.

The Knicks will once again miss the playoffs this season. They fired their head coach and president in the same season, continuing to show they are the laughingstock of the NBA at the moment.

Would Ujiri really want to leave a stable situation in Toronto for a murky one with the Knicks? Only time will tell, but it appears there could be some road blocks down the line.