Steve Mills Rumors
The Knicks management was presented with a challenge in trading Carmelo Anthony. He clearly had reached a point of no return, but his no-trade clause gave Scott Perry and Steve Mills few options. In retrospect, it’s hard to imagine them coming up with a more successful return than they got from Oklahoma City, landing Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott as well as the second-round pick of the Bulls, which right now sits at No. 31, just outside of the first round. “I’ve been very pleased with the additions of both Enes and McDermott,” Perry said. “I think Enes has come in and he’s quickly becoming a crowd favorite for the people of New York. He brings a toughness, he brings a commitment to team. I think he’s complementing K.P. very well. He’s relentless on the boards, adds a little edge and toughness to our basketball team. And Doug McDermott is a consummate professional. He continues to get better. He gives us someone who can stretch the defense because he can shoot three-point shots. I think he’s done even better on the defensive end than I think most people have thought. And that’s been a pleasure to see. Both of those guys have been about enhancing the type of culture that we want to have here. So I’ve definitely been pleased with both of them.”
They’ve done it with a new administration led by president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry. They were not team owner James Dolan’s first choice. Dolan had one of his most trusted allies, entertainment executive Irving Azoff, talk to Jerry West to see if the NBA legend wanted to take over for Jackson last June, league sources with knowledge of the discussions told Sporting News.
Azoff brought Dolan and Jackson together in 2014, but in this instance, West told Azoff that the time wasn’t right to come to New York. Instead he opted to settle into an advisory role to Clippers owner Steve Ballmer.
The Knicks were still worried they would strike out on another free agent. The Hawks could have matched the offer with Hardaway a restricted free agent. Atlanta passed and the Knicks got shredded for overpaying a player they traded away in 2015 and who had never been a full-time starter. “There was that concern,’’ Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said of the Hawks’ matching. “Tim had started to turn the corner in terms of being a great player. He finished last season having a very, very good second half. We knew that was the beginning. I don’t think there was concern bringing him back. Mills did a great job of figuring out how to get him and what it might take. There was concern Atlanta might match it. When they didn’t, we were very happy.’’