Knicks express interest in former Cavs GM Griffin

After several conversations and a dinner meeting with franchise executive Steve Mills on Friday, 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.

Initial reports suggested Griffin's decision stemmed from an inability to nail down a defined role within the organization and how much control he would ultimately have, but apparently there was more. Spears of the Undefeated reported that Griffin and the Knicks can not come to an agreement on his right role with the franchise.

With Griffin having withdrawn from consideration, sources with knowledge of the Knicks thinking said Mills will continue to lead the Knicks' front office for the foreseeable future, as he has throughout free agency.

According to the New York Daily News, Mills wants to be the president of basketball operations and Griffin reportedly wanted to bring in his own staff.

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

Griffin was the general manager in Cleveland for three seasons and helped the Cavs to their first National Basketball Association title in the 2015-16 season.

Griffin was not re-hired by the Cavaliers despite serving a role in constructing Cleveland's 2016 championship team.

Griffin is expected to serve as a television analyst next season, and it's believed he has no other National Basketball Association job opportunities at the moment.

According to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today, Griffin had no problem working with controversial Knicks owner James Dolan, who gave Jackson a $12 million a year salary as team president.

  • Stacy Allen