The New York Knicks should not give up picks for Masai Ujiri

The New York Knicks prized possession this trade deadline/off-season aren’t players.  It’s a new team president that can help turn the organization around.

Toronto Raptors Masai Ujiri is coveted by the Knicks owner.   There have been reports from Marc Stein that Adam Silver may be pushing that to happen.  However, there have been conflicting reports that is ‘100% false’.

Whether it’s true or false, the Knicks shouldn’t be giving up assets or picks to get him.  Yes, he’s a great team president and would be able to get the Knicks back on track.  But, his contract is up after the 2020-21 season.  Therefore, the Knicks don’t need to give up assets to get him, that is if he really wants to come to New York.

The Knicks could wait and give him a big contract unless he resigns with the Raptors.  It has been reported that Ujiri is “attracted” by the Knicks job and could try to maneuver his way there.  However, the Knicks owner doesn’t want to wait.  The team is currently looking for a new team president.

Agent over Ujiri?

The Knicks are currently looking to model their franchise after the Golden State Warriors and Los Angles Lakers.  Those two organizations hired top basketball executives out of the player agent ranks.  And that seems to be working well for both franchises.  The Warriors hired Bob Myers and the Lakers, Rob Pelinka.

It’s unsure if that will work for the Knicks but it’s better than the situation that they are currently in.  But, brighter days are coming with the parting of ways of former team president Steve Mills.

The New York Knicks finally have several first-round draft picks.  That is something that fans have’t been able to say for what seems like a long time.  Interim team president Scott Perry will be trying to save his job with this trade deadline.  He’ll be looking to acquire more picks/assets while dumping the veteran players.

With those picks that Perry could possibility get there’s no need to trade them away for Ujiri, if he does truly want to come to New York.  Only time will tell but the Knicks need to hit a home run with this president hire.

New York Knicks have parted ways with Steve Mills

New York Knicks, Scott Perry, Steve Mills

The New York Knicks have, finally, parted ways with team president Steve Mills.  The news comes two days before the trade deadline. Scott Perry will take over as interim team president in the mean time.

The Knicks have begun interviewing for the vacant president position, according to Shams Charania.

According to Marc Stein, the New York Knick will target and believe they have an actual shot at Raptors President Masai Ujiri.

Ujiri told people in the past that he’s attracted by the Knicks job, according to an Begley.  But, the Knicks will do continue pursue as he is apparently Dolan’s ‘dream choice’.  However, picks will most likely have to be involved since Ujiri is under contract until next season.

The news of Mills being relieved has Knicks has brought so much excitement to fans.  This has been a long time coming with the performance of this team under Mills’ direction.  Him and Perry weren’t seeing eye-to-eye on the future of the team, according to Marc Berman.

Perry is now in the driver’s seat for this trade deadline.  This will be his shot to either make a playoff push or gain more young assets to build for the future. The Knicks still have to be active this trade deadline if they want to continue to turn around the franchise.

Now, the New York Knicks rebuild has officially begun.  Today is a good day to be a Knicks fan.