HoopsHype Mark Warkentien rumors

March 22, 2014 Updates

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

November 21, 2013 Updates
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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

December 13, 2011 Updates
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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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Walsh will remain for the rest of his contract, which expires on June 30, and then serve as a consultant for the 2011-12 season. Glen Grunwald, the senior vice president of basketball operations, was named the team's interim general manager while the franchise conducts a search for a new president and general manager. A few likely candidates include former Portland Trail Blazers GM Kevin Pritchard , former New Orleans Hornets GM Jeff Bower , former Golden State GM Chris Mullin and former Denver Nuggets GM Mark Warkentien, who is currently on the Knicks' staff as director of pro player personnel. Newsday

May 31, 2011 Updates
April 11, 2011 Updates

And there's been speculation for weeks the Garden could look to John Calipari and Mark Warkentien as the next leaders of the franchise. Both Calipari and Warkentien, who was at last night's game, are represented by CAA, which handles Carmelo Anthony's and Chris Paul's affairs. "I don't know nothing about that," Walsh said. "Some of it is promotion by people who want to get in the press." New York Post

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 7, 2011 Updates

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