Knicks Notes: Wesley, Calipari, Sanon, Harkless, Rose

William Wesley is not expected to join the Knicks front office in any formal capacity, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. Known around NBA circles as “Worldwide Wes,” Wesley is a business partner of player agent Leon Rose, who is expected to be named the team’s head of basketball operations. It’s believed the Knicks would offer a position to Wesley if he wanted a front-office role, but his other business ventures make a formal title unlikely, Charania adds.

We have more on the Knicks:

  • Former Kentucky players Kevin Knox and Julius Randle doubt that their former college coach, John Calipari, would want to return to the NBA to coach the team, Peter Botte of the New York Post relays. “The fans love him there, he’s got the basketball program on lock there,” Knox said. “I don’t think he would leave that opportunity to keep helping kids get to the NBA. That’s something he really loves to do. I think when he said he wasn’t going to do it, I think he was sold on that. I think he really doesn’t want to leave.”
  • It’s doubtful Ukrainian guard Issuf Sanon will ever play for the Knicks, Marc Berman of the New York Post reports. Sanon was thrown into the three-team trade that sent Marcus Morris to the Clippers. New York acquired Sanon from Washington, which made him a draft-and-stash second-round pick in 2018. It’s possible he could join the Knicks’ summer league team in Las Vegas, Berman adds.
  • Forward Maurice Harkless, who was also acquired from the Clippers in the same trade, is thrilled to join the organization, Berman writes in a separate story. Harkless has an expiring $11MM contract and could be bought out but he has an affinity for the Knicks. “It’s a dream come true,’’ he said. “I was a Knicks fan growing up. I loved watching the Knicks on TV, I loved coming to the Garden for games when I could. And I actually played at the Garden in college, too, so it’s like I’ve come full circle now.’’
  • Rose’s connections around the league could make him the right fit to run the Knicks, NBA executives told Ian Begley of
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16 thoughts on “Knicks Notes: Wesley, Calipari, Sanon, Harkless, Rose

  1. harden-westbrook-mvps

    Always so much to talk about with the NBA’s most valuable team.

  2. You know, in 2040 everybody is now reading this statement will think: yeah, i Remember that moment, that is when the legend was started

    • x%sure

      The legend of player agents as team GMs, more willing to do what dirtiness is necessary than some career basketball man who believes in the game itself more than just as a source of wealth?
      Actually that started on the West coast.

      • You will see. The 4th day of the finals in 2024, look to the east, to the small island close to a long island

  3. Tazza

    Harkless is actually a decent fit. Plays good defence and might be nice.
    I’d try DSJ Barrett Harkless Randle and Gibson a go together. Off the bench have Payton Bullock Knox Portis and Robinson

    • Tazza

      He only sucks cause the Knicks suck. Payton is good at D and that’s about it. DSJ needs to be set free

      • That’s simply untrue. DSJ was not good before coming to the Knicks. I dare say that he sucked.

  4. Harkless should not be bought out, unless he really wants it (and there’s no indication of that). He’s the type of younger veteran the Knicks should try to keep around even if the intent is to build around younger players. Depends on a number of things on both sides, but I can’t see any reason for the team to initiate cutting ties.

  5. mlbnyyfan

    Knicks need more players like Harkless. Even if he did just leave one of the best teams to the worst. Love the enthusiasm

  6. pjcolt

    Calipari is the most overrated coach in basketball history, change my mind.

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