HoopsHype Allan Houston rumors

May 23, 2011 Updates

Allan Houston was invited to address students at Western Connecticut State University’s undergraduate commencement Sunday because he is a former pro basketball star. The advice he offered, though, was based on his experience as a father and a student himself, along with a little he learned as a competitor. Houston, who played for the New York Knicks for nine years and finished his career as one of the NBA’s top scorers, with a reputation as a gentleman of the game, said most of his best ideas came from family and friends. He recounted a playoff contest in New York. He couldn’t remember which team they were playing, he said, although it may have been against the Miami Heat, which the Knicks always had a tough time beating. “This one was very intense,” Houston remembered. “We lost a playoff game in Madison Square Garden. You don’t want to lose a playoff game in Madison Square Garden, your home court. Danbury Patch

May 16, 2011 Updates

The new agreement is expected to have some variation of the "Allan Houston Amnesty," which in the current CBA allowed for a team to cut a player without that salary counting against the luxury tax. Ironically the New York Knicks used this one-time cost saver on Jerome Williams instead of Houston. The players still get paid which is why it's favorable to the union. The owners gain flexibility and save money. It's a win-win. Word is there may be another amnesty clause (even possibly two) in the new deal, with the money not only coming off the tax but the cap as well. Notice all the trade proposals flying around the internet and radio? The Lakers should take on the contract of Gilbert Arenas to entice the Magic to deal Howard? An amnesty clause would change that significantly. HoopsWorld

May 8, 2011 Updates

With the Heat flexing its starpower in the Eastern Conference playoffs, it's a reminder the Knicks seem to be at least one superstar short of competing against a team that figures to be a powerhouse for the next five years. Assistant GM Allan Houston said the Knicks, who are interested in adding Chris Paul or Dwight Howard via trade or in next year's free agency, have a fluid offseason strategy, subject to changes in the CBA and elsewhere. The Heat hit the free-agent lotto last year. The Knicks are playing the numbers for 2012 while strapping on a parachute. "I don't think you can look at one team and say that's what the standard model should be because it usually doesn't work that way," Houston said Saturday at the draft combine at the Nets' practice facility. "You have to take what you have and you have a plan, but things change quickly. New York Daily News

April 21, 2011 Updates
March 16, 2011 Updates

The bigger question is, who would be that successor? Allan Houston, the assistant GM, may make a good front man one day and recently- hired Mark Warkentien has the proven ability to handle the behind-the-scenes work. But you have to believe Houston and Warkentien would prefer to have Walsh around to oversee and advise, if anything just to figure out what do to with all these people -- Glen Grunwald, John Gabriel, Misho Ostarcevic, Jamie Mathews, Mark Hughes and, of course, Rodney Heard -- in the front office. Newsday

February 5, 2011 Updates

Asked if he is concerned about the status of the person who hired him, D’Antoni said: "Not really. That’s something he’ll take care of, management will take care of and it will work its way out. I got so many other problems I don’t…I need to worry about the rebounding and stuff like that. You do your job and hang in there and it usually works for everybody." Despite Walsh having rebuilt the Knicks and restored credibility to the organization there is no guarantee that Dolan, the Garden Chairman, will pick up the fourth year option on Walsh’s contract before the April 30th deadline. There is increasing speculation that Isiah Thomas may still return, presumably in the role of consultant, and that Walsh will be replaced perhaps by current assistant GM Allan Houston. Both Thomas and Houston are close to Dolan. New York Daily News

January 25, 2011 Updates
January 19, 2011 Updates

Knicks assistant general manager Allan Houston won the vote for Player of the Decade for 2000-09 and will be honored Feb. 23 at halftime. The decade featured nine straight losing seasons. "The fact we can even have an award speaks for the history of the franchise," Houston said. New York Post

December 7, 2010 Updates

Allan Houston was upgraded to assistant general manager after recently signing a two-year contract to remain in the Knicks' front office. Houston previously worked under the title of special assistant to the president after being appointed by Donnie Walsh on Nov. 7, 2008. "It goes back to what I said when I first gave him the job; I think he's a great candidate to become a GM someday,'' Walsh told Newsday in a phone interview before last night's game against the Timberwolves. Newsday

The speculation is that Houston, 39, one day will be GM of this franchise. Walsh, who currently holds that title along with team president, has one year left on his contract, plus a team option for 2011-12 that must be picked up in April. Houston had the option to sign for three years but decided to take two years to mirror Walsh's deal. If Walsh retires at the end of his contract, Houston undoubtedly will be a candidate to run the team, but others likely also will be considered. Newsday

December 5, 2010 Updates
October 1, 2010 Updates

Mullin, out of Queens, spent Friday draining 3-pointers during a showcase on the famed Piazza del Duomo in the center of town for the NBA fanfest. Mullin said he has no immediate plans to get back as a team executive. Certainly, according to family members, he would love a crack at the Knicks, who've had him on their radar for nearly three years. Mullin is close with Walsh and there's no doubt the Knicks president would like to see him or Allan Houston become his successor. "I'm doing a lot for the NBA, taking trips, it's been great,'' Mullin said. "If the right situation comes up, I would definitely look at it. I'm not struggling with what I'm doing. I'm pretty happy. I have no time frame on that.'' New York Post

September 13, 2010 Updates
July 23, 2010 Updates

A person with close ties to the franchise said that Houston, 39, is “being groomed to take over” when Walsh retires. There are two years left on Walsh’s contract — including a team option in 2011-12 — and Walsh said he intends to fulfill them. As for Houston some day succeeding him, Walsh said the subject has never been discussed and there was no arrangement in place. “I’m grooming Allan to become a general manager, whether it’s with the Knicks or elsewhere,” he said. New York Times

July 22, 2010 Updates

Former New York Knicks shooting guard Allan Houston is the front-runner to be the team's next general manager under team president Donnie Walsh, according to league sources. Walsh would neither confirm nor deny Houston's status. "He is working with me to learn the position of GM, whether with the Knicks or elsewhere," Walsh said. "I feel Allan has the tools to be a great GM." ESPN.com

July 13, 2010 Updates
July 8, 2010 Updates

Knicks officials have weighed the pros and cons of putting the full-court press on James in recent days, but sources said team executive Allan Houston spoke with James by phone as the sought-after free agent got closer to making a decision this week. Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported via Twitter that team president Donnie Walsh dispatched Hall of Famer and former Knicks president Isiah Thomas to Akron, Ohio, this week to make one more plea for James to join the Knicks. CBSSports.com

July 7, 2010 Updates
June 27, 2010 Updates

Houston is considered a key figure because of his connection with the Knicks and ability to speak on the team's glorious past, according to a source. D'Antoni had a good feeling about James' intentions when he spent a lot of time with him during the Summer Olympics two years ago. But a lot has happened since, and the Knicks are consensus underdogs to land James, with the Bulls, because of their $31 million of cap space and deeper corps, emerging as favorites if he leaves Cleveland. New York Post

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