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March 7, 2015 Updates

According to several sources close to the Kentucky program, the Knicks top scout Mark Warkentien has attended nearly a dozen Wildcats practices as the club prepares for the most important decision of the Jackson regime. Jackson visited Lexington last week after attending an Ohio State game to watch point guard D’Angelo Russell. New York Daily News

February 24, 2015 Updates

With their lavish budget, the Knicks have proved willing to spend over the years, including nominal investments in analytics. The Knicks subscribed to SportVU before it went league-wide, have utilized Catapult technology and employ a director of analytics, Mike Smith, with an assistant. Smith's background is in video rather than statistical analysis, however, and our sources cast doubt on how interested the team's decision-makers really are. Director of player personnel Mark Warkentien, who hired analytics pioneer Dean Oliver when he was with the Denver Nuggets, is a believer, but Jackson calls the shots and coach Derek Fisher is running Jackson's offense. ESPN.com

October 8, 2014 Updates

In addition to agreeing last March to keep Mills as his right-hand man — upon owner James Dolan’ s recommendation — Jackson retained veteran executive John Gabriel, promoted from director of pro scouting to director of basketball operations, and gave him more influence. Player personnel director Mark Warkentien, meanwhile, lost some power. He interviewed in Memphis for a front-office position that ultimately went to former Nets president Ed Stefanski. New York Post

August 8, 2014 Updates

Mark Warkentien, the Knicks Director of Player Personnel, has re-signed with the club after nearly taking a similar position with the Memphis Grizzlies, the Daily News has learned. Warkentien's future in New York was unclear after Phil Jackson was hired as president. There were initial reports of a front office shake-up, but Jackson instead retained Steve Mills as general manager. In fact, Mills was a candidate to become executive director of the NBA players union, but ultimately withdrew his name because of his position with the Knicks. New York Daily News

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Mark Warkentien’s days with the Knicks as their player personnel director are numbered. Warkentien was an important front office official the last couple of seasons when the team had a strong working relationship with CAA, the talent agency that represents Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith and Andrea Bargnani, among others. Warkentien was the Knicks’ liaison with CAA, which also had special entrée with Dolan. But with Jackson’s hiring, CAA is being viewed as just another talent stable. “The days of the Knicks catering to CAA are over,” said one source. “Phil’s not standing for that stuff.” New York Daily News

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Mills added he doesn’t have immediate plans to add another body to the front office but will “restructure’’ some of the positions. Assistant GM Allan Houston, player personnel director Mark Warkentien and pro scouting directors John Gabriel and Mark Hughes work under Mills. New York Post

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

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June 25, 2012 Updates

The Knicks - and specifically, Knicks executive Mark Warkentien - have been selling him hard on sticking around and it sounds as if that's JR's desire. Their relationship is key, as Warkentien and Smith were together in Denver together and there's a high trust level. Still, Smith will be tempted by more $$ elsewhere, so we shall see. Sulia

January 27, 2012 Updates

Mark Warkentien, whose consulting deal was extended this season, is represented by Creative Artists Agency -- the same powerhouse that orchestrated the Anthony trade. Warkentien, the Nuggets GM when Anthony was there, also is said to have Dolan's ear, according to a league source. This could be troubling news for D'Antoni, who is known to be regarded by Warkentien as a roster-specific coach -- perfect with personnel that suit his style, and not the ideal fit otherwise. CBSSports.com

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July 18, 2011 Updates

Speaking of searches....all remains quiet in the hunt for Donnie Walsh's successor. As we've reported here and in the pages of Newsday several times, the candidates appear to be in-house lieutenants Glen Grunwald and Mark Warkentien and 76ers GM Ed Stefanski, with the latter getting some interest from the Toronto Raptors. Newsday

June 6, 2011 Updates

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