Over the weekend, the Golden State Warriors, and not the New York Knicks, have hired Golden State Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton to a five-year deal worth around $5-6 million per season; it wasn't clear if the Knicks were interested in considering Walton for the job, but he's now officially off the market.
In a recent interview, New York Knicks All Star forward Carmelo Anthony said that if Phil Jackson had made an offer to Tom Thibodeau to make him the next Knicks head coach, he would have accepted the offer, but instead, Jackson never made an offer to Thibodeau and he ended up taking the Minnesota Timberwolves offer to become the head coach and team president.
Phil Jackson Met with Ex-Cavaliers’ David Blatt This Week to Discuss Knicks Head Coaching Job: Report
Reports are now indicating that New York Knicks president Phil Jackson has in fact met with former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt earlier in the week to discuss the Knicks head coaching job; earlier in the week, it had been reported that the Knicks wouldn't be considering Blatt, but now it looks like things have changed in those plans and Blatt is back in the race along with Knicks interim head coach Kurt Rambis.
After months of speculating that they will make a strong pursuit for his services in free agency this summer, the New York Knicks are reportedly not as keen like they once were on making a maximum offer to Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley, part of which is due to his latest injury that popped up right before the playoffs.
If the Los Angeles Lakers decide to hire Golden State Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton to become the team's next head coach, people around the league think that Phil Jackson could essentially leave his post as the president of the New York Knicks to return to the Los Angeles Lakers to run things in their front office; Jackson still has three years left on his current deal with the Knicks with an opt out clause for next summer.
Former New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher is reportedly interested in the now vacant head coaching job of the Los Angeles Lakers; Fisher played 13 of his 18 year NBA career with the Lakers. The Lakers are now in need for a head coach due to the team firing Byron Scott on Sunday after two years at the job following a 17-65 season.
New York Knicks Possibly to Lose Majority of Assistant Coaches to Washington Wizards, Scott Brooks: Report
The New York Knicks are possibly going to lose half of their assistant coaches, Brian Keefe, Joshua Longstaff and Davis Bliss; to the Washington Wizards since they have hired Scott Brooks as their new head coach and will likely bring his former Oklahoma City Thunder assistants with him; the move for those three is expected considering Kurt Rambis is the front runner to become the next head coach of the Knicks and wouldn't keep the three assistants since they were all Derek Fisher hires from Oklahoma City.
Tom Thibodeau Wanted Knicks Head Coaching Job Before Taking Timberwolves Offer, Phil Jackson Passed: Report
Before he accepted the head coaching and team president job for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Tom Thibodeau expressed his strong interest in the New York Knicks head coaching job and had his agent contact the Knicks to let them know of his interest, but Phil Jackson still had no interest in the former Chicago Bulls coach and lead to him going for Minnesota's offer to run their team.
After original reports had said that the New York Knicks were interested in him for their head coaching job, the Knicks will apparently not pursue former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt to become their next head coach, which would leave interim head coach Kurt Rambis as the lone candidate for the job; many have thought Rambis to be the front runner to land the Knicks job due to his close relationship with Knicks president Phil Jackson.
The New York Knicks are reportedly interested in trading for Sacramento Kings backup point guard Darren Collison this summer once free agency started; the 28-year-old Collison averaged 14.0 points and 4.3 assists as Rajon Rondo's backup this past year.