The major Knicks questions following Steve Mills' demise

The major Knicks questions following Steve Mills' demise

The major Knicks questions following Steve Mills' demise

General manager Scott Perry will oversee the basketball operations in the interim, the team said.

Ujiri is under contract with the Raptors through 2020-21.

"It has been a great honor to represent the Knicks", Mills said in the statement. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN confirmed that Dolan may be looking to hire an agent to fill the role. Mills returned to the Knicks in 2013 and began to take an active role on the basketball side of the team working alongside Phil Jackson beginning in 2014.

The Knicks' statement added: "It is anticipated that Steve Mills will be nominated to the board of the standalone sports company, following the completion of the proposed spin-off [of] the entertainment business, pending all necessary approvals, including by the MSG board".

"We thank Steve for his many years of service to our organisation and look forward to continuing our relationship with him as part of our board".

At 15-36, the Knicks now have the third-worst record in the Eastern Conference this season.

Mills' firing is the second major change for the Knicks this season.

Pressure shifted onto Mills after Fizdale was sacked following a 4-18 start to his second season.

Instead, the Knicks signed several ill-fitting forwards in the offseason and had to watch as Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, two of the summer's marquee free agents, signed with their crosstown rivals, the Brooklyn Nets.

Over the a year ago, Mills has overseen the trade of star forward Kristaps Porzingis and a disappointing off-season after the Knicks struck out on a star-studded free agency class.

New York Knicks owner James Dolan is reportedly looking to revamp his team's front office, and it appears that he may want to emulate the Los Angeles Lakers. Since Mills became president in June 2017, the Knicks have gone 61-154.

Another reason to make the Mills' move now instead of after the season ends is to do research on other possible candidates outside Ujiri and traditional GMs currently employed.

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