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New York Knicks, David Griffin make progress in negotiations

David Griffin

Since being let go by the Cleveland Cavaliers last month, there hasn’t been much chatter surrounding David Griffin‘s future in the NBA.

However, that is about to change drastically with Ian Begley of ESPN reporting that the Knicks are nearing a deal to make Griffin their next president of basketball operations.

After several conversations and a dinner meeting with franchise executive Steve Mills on Friday, the New York Knicks are progressing toward opening contract negotiations with David Griffin to become the team’s next general manager, league sources told ESPN.

The Knicks are in the market for a replacement with the firing of Phil Jackson after three seasons in that position just before the start of free agency. In each of the last three years, New York has lost more than 50 games while failing to make the playoffs once over that span.

Griffin has had much success as the Cavaliers general manager over the last three years helping put together a team that has reached the NBA Finals three straight times including winning their first NBA title.

His ability to cultivate and bring in additional talent when necessary could be huge in helping change the dynamic that has plagued the Knicks over the last decade plus in team history. There may be a potential roadblock with Griffin aiming to bring in his own front office and staff with the team, but that should an easy hill to climb if there is a strong desire to add him.

All in all, things are certainly heading greatly toward Griffin become the team’s next president of basketball operations.