According to Ian Begley of ESPN New York, the New York Knicks have had internal conversations about possibly adding Sam Presti to their front office to replace Phil Jackson.
OKC's Sam Presti has been talked about internally as a candidate for the Knicks' presidency, per sources; some with NYK like FA George Hill: https://t.co/C4k7PJMp2G
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) June 29, 2017
In the report, Begley says that the Knicks would “likely need to offer compensation to OKC for Presti, who is currently under contract.”
It is unclear how serious the talks are at this point. Regardless, New York is being run currently by Steve Mills.
Presti is an attractive name to float around to add to another team’s front office. With a résumé including drafting Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Serge Ibaka among others, Presti was ranked first out of all 30 NBA general managers by Bleacher Report.
The Knicks are in disarray after the abysmal tenure of Jackson. It is safe to assume the talks are wishful thinking at this time. Considering the Knicks would need to compensate Oklahoma City, these whispers appear to be only that — whispers.
Stranger things have happened, however.
Presti recived a multi-year extension to his previous contract in 2010. Thunder owner Clay Bennett did not announce the terms at the time.
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