New York Knicks, David Griffin make progress in negotiations

David Griffin

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 New York Daily News reports that one major cog in the process stemmed from Griffin's desire to compile his own front office staff, which included the removal of Allan Houston as the team's assistant general manager.

Griffin turned down the opportunity because he and the Knicks couldn't agree on a role, a source said.

Griffin's three-year run as general manager with Cleveland is over after one championship and three straight trips to the NBA Finals.

With the front office executing a youth movement via the NBA Draft, attention has healthily shifted back to free agency as general manager Steve Mills pursues the ideal complements. Mills would take over the primary responsibilities of running basketball operations.

Since being let go by the Cleveland Cavaliers last month, there hasn't been much chatter surrounding David Griffin's future in the National Basketball Association. Mills has been the Knicks' acting president since Jackson's departure and signed Hardaway Jr.to a surprising four-year, $71 million offer sheet last week.

The Cavaliers announced on June 19 that Griffin's contract would not be renewed.

NY is looking for president Phil Jackson's replacement. He was responsible for acquiring Kevin Love after LeBron James returned to Cleveland, and was part of the decision to make Tyronn Lue head coach in 2016 after firing David Blatt.

In Jackson's three full seasons at the helm, NY lost at least 50 games three times, and it hasn't reached the playoffs since 2012-13.

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