With the job of New York Knicks team president steve mills seemingly in the balance, a number of noteworthy names have already emerged as potential replacements. One such name is none other than NBA executive Kiki VanDeWeghe, who currently serves as the league’s executive vice president for basketball operations. This is via Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.
Names are already being floated across the league of executives who might replace Mills.
They include: Masai Ujiri, Sam Presti, Kiki Vandeweghe (who is interested in the job, according to a source), Daryl Morey (who probably won’t last in Houston following the China controversy), Trajan Langdon and Sam Hinkie.
There is no shortage of high-profile personalities on the above list, headlined perhaps by current Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri — the man who is widely credited for masterminding Toronto’s historic championship run last season.
Oklahoma City Thunder current president Sam Presti is also an interesting candidate, and so is Houston Rockets under-fire boss Daryl Morey. However, perhaps the most intriguing in the bunch is VanDeWeghe, primarily because according to the write-up, he is the only person on the shortlist that appears to have a firm interest on what seems to be a soon-to-be-available job position.
VanDeWeghe has been a top executive in the NBA since 2013, but prior to that, the 61-year-old had stints with a number of teams in the league. With the Dallas Mavericks, he played a significant role in the development of fellow German Dirk Nowitzki. VanDeWeghe would also take on executive roles with the Denver Nuggets and the New Jersey Nets.
VanDeWeghe, himself a two-time All-Star during his playing days, also suited up for the Knicks for three and a half seasons, so should he eventually find himself in a front office role with the organization, he should already be familiar with the culture they have out there.