Many people in the organization saw Gaines and Jackson’s most trusted adviser during his tenure as president, which included three 50-loss seasons and external turmoil. It is unclear exactly why Gaines won’t return, though it’s worth noting he did not have strong ties to GM Scott Perry, who has made several new additions to the front office. Several people in the organization speculated that Gaines would not remain with the Knicks after this season once Perry and Mills began to shape the front office. Gaines’ status with the Knicks was first reported by The Athletic.
June 16, 2021 | 8:28 pm EDT Update
Marc Stein: Former Mavericks All-Star Michael Finley, already a member of the team’s brain trust as vice president of basketball operations, has immediately emerged as a candidate in the club’s search for a new head of basketball operations, @NYTSports has learned.
Mirjam Swanson: Tyronn Lue on Kawhi’s injury, team vibe: “Just know he has a right knee sprain — being optimistic about the situation. We understand it’s part of the game, it’s tough that it happened — all season long, we’ve been having a next-man-up-mentality.”
Mirjam Swanson: Quin Snyder on playing a Kawhi-less Clips: “Obviously sympathies, wish him a speedy recover. … the personal component always trumps that (competitive component).”
Eric Walden: Quin Snyder, on the Clippers adjusting without Kawhi: “No one in the world isolates at the nail better than he does. … But teams respond. And they’ll respond. Everybody playing at this time of year understands there’s a next-man-up mentality.”
Law Murray: Quin Snyder says that Jazz have already talked about how aggressive Paul George has been, mentions Reggie Jackson and Marcus Morris Sr. as players Jazz expect to take on a larger role offensively