In a move that not many saw coming before today, the New York Knicks front office experienced an unexpected shakeup.
The Knicks have announced that former MSG president and CEO Steve Mills has been named the team’s new president and general manager, replacing Glen Grunwald.
According to the Knicks press release, Grunwald will remain on board as an advisor.
This move is very surprising for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, the Knicks are coming off of their best season in quite some time. They eclipsed 50 wins; won the Atlantic Division; and got out of the first round of the playoffs for the first time in over a decade.
If anything you would have thought that would have earned Grunwald some job security.
Secondly, Mills’ return to the Knicks comes as even more a surprise because he had long been considered the favorite to replace Billy Hunter as the executive director of the NBPA, according to multiple reports.
Who knows why the move was made as there were never any whispers about Grunwald potentially losing his job.
Grunwald became the Knicks’ interim general manager in June 2011, and was eventually hired on a permanent basis in April 2012.
Some of the notable moves since he made during his time included the signing of Tyson Chandler and J.R. Smith, and the decision to let Jeremy Lin walk.