Rich Kleiman, Kevin Durant's confidant, could run as the next Knicks president

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According to NBA sources, owner James Dolan shouldn't sleep on Kevin Durant's husband, Rich Kleiman.

Born in New York, Kleiman always wanted to lead the Knicks. Kleiman was a force that made Durant consider at least the Knicks last year. The scuttlebutt was that Durant would join the Knicks and Kleiman would play a prominent role in the front office. This possibility occurred when Durant, together with Kyrie Irving, selected the nets.

If Kleiman headed the Knicks, sources close to him said that he would probably hire former Johannes star Mark Jackson as head coach. Kleiman has a long relationship with Jackson, and according to sources, he believed Jackson should be the job in 2018 when David Fizdale got the appearance.

The Knicks fired Steve Mills as team president on Tuesday.

Kleiman is technically Durants Manager and they are very close friends. With Thirty Five Ventures you founded a media and investment company based in New York.

Rich Kleiman and Kevin Durant
Rich Kleiman and Kevin DurantSteve Jennings

ESPN reports Dolan watched the Warriors model, in which they hired former agent Bob Myers, who previously worked for SFX Sports. The Lakers also named Rob Pelinka, a longtime agent of Kobe Bryant and others.

SNY said Dolan had internal discussions about CAA's Austin Brown, who represents D’Angelo Russell in the blockade.

Dolan has long wanted to get Toronto's Masai Ujiri, but he is under contract until next season and the Knicks would have to pay a large compensation. Dolan declined compensation in 2017 when he was interested in Ujiri. ESPN reported that it is again a barrier. The Post has reported that the NBA would see Ujiri in New York rather than in Toronto.

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