Knicks president and former sports agent Leon Rose is reportedly interested in Sixers GM Elton Brand as a candidate for the same job with New York, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.
Here’s the word from Bondy:
According to a league source, Elton Brand has been targeted by Rose as a candidate for Knicks GM. Brand, 41, is currently the Sixers GM and is under contract next season, complicating any designs of bringing him to New York. Brand has acted decisively since taking over as GM late in 2018, but his moves to put the Sixers in a better position to contend right away have left the Sixers with minimal flexibility moving forward, either through cap space, movable contracts, or draft picks.
By Brand’s own admission, the power structure changed following the end of last season, with Brand and Brown now in a traditional GM-coach power structure.
Another factor worth monitoring – would Brand be dismissed following the playoffs, or could that happen if they’re not played at all? Brand is still under contract next season for the time being, and though head coach is probably the first place the organization will turn when contemplating major changes this summer, the poor team structure and dwindling asset pool might prompt Harris and Co. to take a hard look at whether they should let the group that got them into the current mess get them out of it.