It seems to be a move about Carmelo Anthony in the short term, but this could be about the long-term future of the Knicks front office.
Warkentien was pushed out of Denver as Josh Kroenke and Masai Ujiri were put into top player personnel positions by owner Stan Kroenke. And no, the name thing is not a coincidence.
Warkentien has a good relationship with Anthony and his people. You know that is part of this.
But this is really about the long term for the Knicks front office. Walsh has an option on his contract that needs to be picked up by April 1 — which owner James Dolan should do as Walsh has done a good job undoing all the damage Thomas did and turning this franchise around. But even so, Walsh is expected to step down in the next couple of years.
Right now, Allan Houston is the number two guy in the Knicks front office. Warkentien brings a proven, successful GM into the that mix. Warkentien helped trade Allen Iverson for Chauncey Billups in Denver. Warkentien’s reputation is as a guy who can find talent deep in the draft and someone who has good ties to players overseas.
Who knows what the Knicks front office will look like in a couple of years, but they could do a lot worse than Warkentien.