Report: Knicks confident they can hire Ujiri

Raptors president is on the lookout for help from the outside.

Early Wednesday morning, the New York Knicks announced that Phil Jackson was stepping down from his role as president of the franchise.

Not even 24 hours has passed and the Knicks already know who they want to replace Jackson with.

New York has Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri at the top of their list, and according to a report by the Toronto Star, the Knicks are confident that Ujiri will leave the Raptors to join their franchise.

Ujiri was named president and general manager of the Raptors in 2013. With his guidance, Toronto has turned into one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.

Ujiri and the Knicks have yet to communicate with one another but that could change very soon.

Per the Toronto Star:

Free agency opens July 1. As of Wednesday evening sources indicated the request had not been made, but that can change with a phone call. Despite the contract, sources indicate Ujiri can leave if he wants to leave. It’s really up to him.

Whoever New York ends up hiring as the new president will be tasked with moving Carmelo Anthony.