For a while there it looked like New York Knicks team president Phil Jackson would hire all of his assistant coaches before he was actually able to reel in a head coach.
That didn’t turn out to be the case as Derek Fisher landed the job as head coach and now Jackson must worry about filling out his staff.
With that being said, Knicks have made Los Angeles Lakers coaching candidate Kurt Rambis a four-year offer of roughly $4.8 million to be Fisher’s top assistant, according to an NBA source, reports the New York Post’s Marc Berman.
Rambis, a triangle guru and Lakers assistant last season, remains in the mix for the Lakers’ head-coaching vacancy and still is mulling a cross-country move to New York.
The offer is close to what was billed as the largest assistant’s contract in NBA history, given by the Cavaliers to Tyronn Lue, who signed a four-year, $6.4 million pact.
Rambis was linked to the Knicks head coaching vacancy before the job went to Fisher and coached on Jackson’s staff in both the Zen Master’s stints with the Lakers and used the triangle as head coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
It makes sense for the Knicks to target Rambis as Jackson wants to surround Fisher with an experienced assistant or two and preferably one that knows the triangle offense.
Longtime Jackson assistant Jim Cleamons, a Bucks assistant, is now free to possibly join the Knicks, too, following Jason Kidd’s hiring in Milwaukee. Names like Rick Fox and Bill Cartwright have also already spoken to Jackson about becoming assistant coach.