Dolan Says Knicks' President Search Still Active

Reports: Team Finalizing Deal With Agent Leon Rose

Ryan Chatelain
February 06, 2020 - 4:28 pm

Two days after firing Steve Mills as team president, the Knicks were reportedly finalizing plans Thursday to hire player agent Leon Rose to take his place. However, owner James Dolan released a statement saying the search is not over.

"We are actively looking for a new President of the New York Knicks and hope to conclude the search as quickly as possible," Dolan said. "I am not selling, but I am determined to find the right leader for the Knicks who will ensure the long-term success of the team, just as we did with the hiring of Rangers President John Davidson."

Multiple media reports earlier in the day said the Knicks were on the verge of hiring Rose, an agent with CAA whose client list includes Carmelo Anthony, Devin Booker, Joel Embiid, Chris Paul and Karl-Anthony Towns. He was LeBron James' agent from 2005-12.

According to ESPN, Dolan wants to follow the model used by the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers, who have former agents Bob Myers and Rob Pelinka, respectively, running their front offices. 

Reports also had William Wesley, better known as "World Wide Wes," a longtime NBA power broker with close ties to Rose, joining the Knicks front office.

RADIO.COM NBA insider Ryan McDonough, a former Phoenix Suns general manager, told WFAN's "Moose and Maggie" show that he was initially opposed to the idea of the Knicks hiring an agent with no front-office experience until he heard Rose's name. He said he's had many dealings with Rose over the years and has great respect for him.

"If you were to list agents who are available or may be interested to run the Knicks and that the Knicks could potentially get, I would put Leon Rose probably as the top name on my list, and I think that would be an excellent hire for James Dolan and the Knicks ownership group," McDonough said.

The Knicks are 15-36 this season, the third-worst record in the Eastern Conference. They have not been to the playoffs since 2013.