HoopsHype Glen Grunwald rumors

October 8, 2014 Updates

According to a source, Jackson decided to keep the front office intact for at least this season. For the last two days at practice in Tarrytown, the sidelines were packed with Jackson’s entire new-old staff, which essentially is former general manager Glen Grunwald’s staff — save for general manager Steve Mills. New York Post

August 6, 2014 Updates

Former Toronto Raptor general manager and New York Knicks president Glen Grunwald is expected to be named McMaster’s new director of athletics and recreation as early as Thursday morning. The man who brought Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady and Chris Bosh to Toronto has been chosen over a deep pool of more than 100 applicants, the Spectator has learned. Toronto Star

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Memphis’ plan is for someone like former Knicks prez Glen Grunwald to come in and serve under VP Chris Wallace for two years before taking over the reins. Huh? Grunwald, who talked to the Grizzlies, doesn’t need to apprentice for anyone, but the Grizzlies are, of course, one of the greatest-run franchises in the history of professional sports. Or so it’s been unequivocally stated, even if they’ve yet to make an NBA Finals. New York Daily News

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November 22, 2013 Updates

A few days before training camp you changed general managers; why do that so close to the start of camp? Did something change from the start of summer to the end? James Dolan: I didn’t time it, per se, like that. I’m surprised other folks were surprised about this. The general manager’s work doesn’t really occur at that time of year. If you’re going to change general managers that’s probably the right time to do it. The next available trade date is Dec. 15. You’ve just finished free agency and all that. It’s a lull period. The timing didn’t really have much to do with that. It was more about an initiative I have going on with both teams that I hired McKinsey & Company [a Manhattan-based global management consulting firm] for, because as I’ve gotten to look at both our organizations, it’s become apparent that we really need to reprocess both teams. We were using a lot of — not old, but “classic” methods and now with technology, and what’s available to a team to help improve, I didn’t think we were taking advantage of those things. New York Post

So in evaluating these business solutions you came to the conclusion Glen Grunwald was lacking and Steve Mills a better fit? James Dolan: I hired McKinsey in the summer, and Glen is more of a “classic” GM, and he just wasn’t the guy to lead this initiative for the team, and it had to be someone in that position who could do it because I wasn’t going to do it. It needed someone behind it, someone who understood it, and that just wasn’t Glen’s forte. I think he was a good general manager, he’s got a great eye for talent, he knows basketball well, but the job description changed. New York Post

November 13, 2013 Updates
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Everyone wants to blame Creative Arts Agency for the packaging of the players, but Chris Smith, associated with a different agency two years ago, had been granted a guaranteed contract with the Knicks for the 2011-12 season. Only, Smith blew out his knee and received his $490,000 on the injured list. This was a stooge deal on New York's behalf, an embarrassment afforded a player, J.R. Smith, who doesn't deserve this kind of treatment. "Glen Grunwald never wanted to do it, never felt right about it back then," one source with knowledge of the package deal said. "That call came from above him." Within the Knicks coaching staff, they believe Chris Smith doesn't even have the talent to be an NBA Development League player – never mind worthy of a roster spot. One opposing GM called him "maybe the worst player in the history of the [NBA] summer league." Yahoo! Sports

October 28, 2013 Updates

Knicks president and general manager Steve Mills is now occupying Glen Grunwald’s seat and during Friday’s preseason finale against Charlotte, Allan Houston was seated to Mills’ left. No surprise there. But conspicuously seated to Mills’ right was Mark Warkentien, who could emerge as an important figure in Mills’ administration. Warkentien currently holds the title of player personnel director but, according to sources, he is regarded as a top candidate to become Mills’ top lieutenant. Mills’ strength is on the business side and his preference is to hire or promote an executive who will assist him in the day-to-day operations. “(Jim Dolan) felt in today’s environment of the NBA with the punitive nature of the tax structure and the salary cap that he wants to have an organization that is the best in the NBA,” Mills said last month. “He felt it was time to bring someone in who can take a look at every aspect of running a basketball business.'” New York Daily News

October 1, 2013 Updates

Steve Mills, the newly installed president and general manager of the Knicks, finally addressed his recent hiring and demotion of Glen Grunwald on Monday. While Mills revealed little of the back-room dealings involving the Garden that led to his hire, he did disclose plans to hire more people to work under him, immediately sparking speculation that he might find a position for Isiah Thomas. It was Mills, after all, who suggested that Jim Dolan hire Thomas as president of basketball operations, leading to one of the most tumultuous periods in Garden history. “I’ll definitely take an entire look at the organization, think about where there are holes and where I need to add people,” Mills said. “I would anticipate bringing additional people in.” New York Daily News

September 28, 2013 Updates

Several league executives were genuinely shocked at the timing of the move, as was Carmelo Anthony. “I was shocked,’’ Anthony said at a promotional event. “I never heard about it and nobody knew it was coming.’’ The Post has learned the Knicks would have made the announcement “a few days sooner’’ if not for Wednesday’s planned NBA press conference in Greenwich Village in which commissioner David Stern announced the All-Star Game was coming to New York in 2015. New York Post

Rick Kaplan, the agent for Marcus Camby, pounded the Knicks for their handling of former general manager Glen Grunwald, stripped of his duties four days before training camp. The Knicks have brought back their former executive, Steve Mills, to be their new president/general manager after Grunwald retooled the club all summer. Kaplan goes way back with Grunwald, to when Camby was in Toronto. “Steve is a great guy, but Glen’s firing is absurd,’’ Kaplan stated in a text message Friday morning to The Post. “He did a great job in a challenging environment. Turns out it was a thankless job.’’ New York Post

September 27, 2013 Updates

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