Report: Knicks not expected to chase Raptors president Masai Ujiri

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Will the Knicks poach Raptors president Masai Ujiri to run New York’s front office?

ESPN:

In addition, the team is not expected to ask for permission to speak with Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri, sources told Shelburne.

This is what happens when you roll with Phil Jackson for three years, exercise the option on the final two years of his contract then oust him between the draft and free agency. Good replacements are locked into other jobs.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the Knicks’ choice not to pursue Ujiri is based more on his unavailability than New York not wanting him. The compensation required to get him out of Toronto – cash and/or draft picks – could be unfeasible.

The Knicks are fortunate a candidate with the credentials former Cavaliers general manager David Griffin is available.