Griffin, the former Cleveland Cavaliers GM, traveled to NY on Friday for a dinner meeting with Knicks executive Steve Mills, with whom Griffin has continued to discuss the shaping of a potential Knicks partnership. He traveled to NY this weekend to discuss the parameters of a partnership between the two sides.
Griffin, who stepped down as Cavaliers general manager in early June, had several conversations with Mills, including a face-to-face dinner on Friday, according to ESPN. He also worked in the Suns' front office. Mills would take over the primary responsibilities of running basketball operations.
Following Jackson's ousting by Dolan, Mills signed former Knick Tim Hardaway to a four-year, $71 million contract this week, drawing ridicule from fans and pundits.
Steve Mills is angling to become Phil Jackson's replacement as Knicks president
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.
According to the ESPN reports, David Griffin said that he wanted the ability to bring in his own front office personnel, including scouts and more. The team said it was a mutual decision.
Ex-Cavs GM David Griffin has pulled his name out of the Knicks' GM and president search after he couldn't come. Griffin was a candidate to take over as general manager, which would have thus pushed Steve Mills into the role of team president. In each of the last three years, NY has lost more than 50 games while failing to make the playoffs once over that span.