Report: Knicks to target Raptors’ Ujiri as Jackson replacement

Michael Grange joined the Jeff Blair show to discuss this morning's news that the New York Knicks and Phil Jackson are reportedly parting ways and ownership are targeting Masai Ujiri as the replacement.

The New York Knicks have officially parted ways with Phil Jackson and the ripple effects could reach as far north as Toronto.

According to a report from the Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Knicks owner James Dolan will be targeting Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri to replace Jackson.

The Raptors just recently signed Ujiri to a multi-year contract extension last September after making him president of the club in 2013.

 
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According to a report from ESPN’s Marc Stein, former MLSE boss Tim Leiweke will act as an advisor to the Knicks with Jackson gone. Ujiri was hired to be the Raptors president by Leiweke.

The Knicks haven’t made the playoffs since hiring Jackson in March of 2014.

Jackson, an 11-time NBA champion, has been at odds with the expensive Carmelo Anthony in recent seasons and was taking trade offers for budding superstar Kristaps Porzingis near the NBA Draft.

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