New York Knicks, David Griffin make progress in negotiations

David Griffin assembled the Cavaliers rosters that have been to three straight NBA Finals

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne reported Saturday that the New York Knicks are progressing toward contract talks with David Griffin.

The New York Daily News reports that one major cog in the process stemmed from Griffin's desire to compile his own front office staff, which included the removal of Allan Houston as the team's assistant general manager.

Griffin did not come to terms on a new contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers this offseason despite shaping a roster that helped them reach each of the past three NBA Finals, including a championship in 2016. Mills has been the Knicks' acting president since Jackson's departure and signed Hardaway Jr.to a surprising four-year, $71 million offer sheet last week.

Much of the Knicks' front office has survived several unsuccessful regimes, and the organization has been hesitant to make sweeping changes to the group, league sources said. It had been believed that Griffin was being interviewed to be the GM under Mills, whom Jackson saw before his firing as his eventual successor.

But the snag in the negotiations was Griffin's need to bring his own front office and staff to NY, according to ESPN. The Knicks and Griffin were also at odds over Griffin's preference to bring in his own staff for the front office. He marked the anniversary Monday, June 19, 2017, by walking away from the team. The team said it was a mutual decision.

The franchise is trying to pick up the pieces after letting go of president Phil Jackson late last month. In each of the last three years, NY has lost more than 50 games while failing to make the playoffs once over that span.

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