Knicks Rumors: LeBron, Amare, Melo, Grunwald

The Knicks shocked everyone when they fired GM Glen Grunwald this week and brought Steve Mills back to run basketball operations.  Last night, we asked Hoops Rumors readers how they felt about the move and nearly 80% of you were against the decision.  Here's the latest out of MSG..

  • Knicks owner James Dolan may have decided that Mills was better suited for next summer's free agent bonanza, write Nate Taylor and Harvey Araton of the New York Times.  Those efforts could include finding a way to shed the final part of Amare Stoudemire’s contract after this season and possibly even make another run at LeBron James when he can hit the open market.  Mills could also try to bring a second star to New York to help convince Carmelo Anthony to stay put.
  • The Knicks firing of Grunwald in favor of Mills is just the same old Dolan up to his old tricks, writes Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.  “[Dolan] is comfortable with Steve,” said a person close to both executives. “Steve knows how to work with [Dolan]. They both know what they’re getting into. I think that familiarity helped. This move was [Dolan]’s.”  Isola writes that future of Mark Warkentien, the club’s director of player personnel, is also murky at this juncture.
  • Rich Kaplan, the agent for Marcus Camby, told Marc Berman of the New York Post that he was less-than-thrilled with the change.  “Steve is a great guy, but Glen’s firing is absurd,’’ Kaplan wrote via text. “He did a great job in a challenging environment. Turns out it was a thankless job.’’  Meanwhile, an NBA GM told Berman, “If you’re looking for logic within Dolan’s Knicks, you’re looking in the wrong place.’’


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