Jay Wright continued to talk to the Knicks when they were head coaching two years ago and is unlikely to change his mind soon.
A new Monday report in Forbes indicated that the Knicks, like two years ago, would have a keen interest in Wright. However, according to an NCAA source that is close to the situation, the feelings are not mutual.
"Jay loves Villanova, Jay loves Villanova," said the source. The source stated that Wright has not completely ruled out the NBA for the perfect job in the future, but stated that the Knicks franchise was not currently a paradise owned by James Dolan.
Both the new Knicks President Leon Rose and William "Worldwide Wes" Wesley – a basketball power broker with whom Rose has worked – are from the Philadelphia region. Rose is from Cherry Hill, New Jersey and graduated from Temple. So Rose is terribly familiar with the Big 5 Philly basketball scene.
Jeff Van Gundy and Tom Thibodeau are expected to be on Rose's shortlist.
The impression of people who know Wright is that the only job he would leave Villanova for is the 76s.
In May 2018, Wright informed the Post that the non-conversation with the Knicks had everything to do with Villanova.
"It's not that you're not interested, I just don't want to go," Wright said then. "It's the Knicks. You love the garden, you love New York City, you love the Knicks. I only know that I don't want to leave Villanova."
Carl Hirsch, Wright's longtime agent, also told the post at the time that Wright had no plans to leave school.
Wright, 58, is in his 19th season with Villanova. He led the Wildcats to national titles in 2015-16 and 2017-18.
Wright brings its home in Berwyn, Pennsylvania to the market for around $ 2.5 million. However, the Philadelphia Business Journal reports that he and his family are trying to shrink and get closer to Villanova's campus.