James Dolan isn’t fixing the Knicks’ biggest problem – James Dolan.
But the owner took a step in the right direction a few years ago by pouring a ton of money into the front office. Of course, Dolan did it in the worst way. Offering a five-year, $60 million contract, he didn’t target general managers with proven track records of success. He hired front-office novice Phil Jackson, whose tenure was a wreck.
With Jackson out, will Dolan get it right this time?
But can New York lure Ujiri from Toronto?
Dolan has the fortune to offer Ujiri a significant raise and buy him out of his Raptors contract. Money goes a long way in these negotiations, though it’s unclear how much Dolan would spend on a less-flashy name – and whether the Raptors want more than just cash.
Sending Toronto first-round picks as compensation would hurt the Knicks, but not as much as hiring another incompetent front-office head.
Will Ujiri land in New York? There are so many mixed signals, but it appears the Knicks at least have a chance.