Former Cavs GM David Griffin pulls out of Knicks GM/President job

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Former Cavs GM David Griffin pulls out of Knicks GM/President job

When the New York Knicks parted ways with Phil Jackson two weeks ago, David Griffin emerged as a natural candidate to replace him.

With Griffin having withdrawn from consideration, sources with knowledge of the Knicks thinking said Mills will continue to lead the Knicks' front office for the foreseeable future, as he has throughout free agency.

The belief that Houston is in line to take over as general manager is a long-standing rumor and if this latest report is accurate, it would seem to lend some validity to that.

Griffin has been in NY since Friday's meeting with the Knicks, who are looking to bolster their front office following Phil Jackson's departure as president of basketball operations.

David Griffin made a decision to not take the Knicks job despite the two sides negotiating a contract.

The Cavaliers announced on June 19 that Griffin's contract would not be renewed. 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.

Griffin held the general manager position with the Cavaliers the past three years, and the team reached the NBA Finals each season, winning one championship. In his three seasons as general manager, he worked out a trade that brought Kevin Love to Cleveland and added veteran support for LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.

With Griffin pulling out, Mills is likely take over the team as president of basketball operations.

In Jackson's three full seasons at the helm, NY lost at least 50 games three times, and it hasn't reached the playoffs since 2012-13.

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