Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The Knicks are planning to make a run at Raptors top executive Masai Ujiri, and Marc Stein of The New York Times reports (via his latest newsletter) that there are many around the league who believe the executive can be lured to New York.

Even though the Knicks have been laughable on the court, the prestige of the franchise and of winning it all in the arguably the greatest city in the world carry weight with top executives in the NBA. Entering Madison Square Garden’s latest rehabilitation project and coming out with a championship remains a unique and coveted prize.

Regardless of whom New York lands, the architect will face his share of challenges. It’s not certain if owner James Dolan is finally ready to give his top executive something that resembles “real autonomy,” Stein writes. Even Phil Jackson, who was relieved of his duties before his contract was up, didn’t get nearly enough freedom to make internal moves that could have improved the organization's culture. Stein adds that Dolan has given zero indication that he will sell the team.

In addition to Ujiri, Stein mentions R.C. Buford (Spurs), Bob Myers (Warriors) and Donnie Nelson (Mavericks) as names to keep an eye on when it comes to a potential top executive search in New York.

This article first appeared on Hoops Rumors and was syndicated with permission.


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Can you name every New York Knicks first-round pick in the lottery era?

An asterisk (*) indicates the player was traded before playing with the Knicks. A double-asterisk (**) indicates the player never played in the NBA. 

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2019 / #3 / SF
RJ Barrett
2018 / #9 / PF
Kevin Knox
2017 / #8 / PG
Frank Ntilikina
2015 / #4 / PF
Kristaps Porzingis
2013 / #24 / SG
Tim Hardaway Jr.
2011 / #17 / SG
Iman Shumpert
2009 / #8 / PF
Jordan Hill
2008 / #6 / SF
Danilo Gallinari
2007 / #23 / SF
Wilson Chandler
2006 / #20 / SF
Renaldo Balkman
2006 / #29 / SG
Mardy Collins
2005 / #8 / PF
Channing Frye
2005 / #30 / PF
David Lee
2003 / #9 / PF
Michael Sweetney
2002 / #7 / C*
Nene
2000 / #22 / PF*
Donnell Harvey
1999 / #15 / C**
Frederic Weis
1997 / #25 / C*
John Thomas
1996 / #18 / SF
John Wallace
1996 / #19 / PF
Walter McCarty
1996 / #21 / SF*
Dontae Jones
1994 / #24 / SF
Monty Williams
1994 / #26 / PG
Charlie Ward
1992 / #20 / SG
Hubert Davis
1991 / #12 / PG
Greg Anthony
1990 / #17 / PF
Jerrod Mustaf
1988 / #19 / PG
Rod Strickland
1987 / #18 / PG
Mark Jackson
1986 / #5 / SF
Kenny Walker
1985 / #1 / C
Patrick Ewing

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