Steve Mills, dismissed as Knicks President on Tuesday, had a dark time in team history – in two separate positions as team manager. Here's a look at his biggest mistakes:
Trading Kristaps Porzingis
Porzingis was at the Knicks just over a year ago. The face of the franchise was unhappy, but had little impact on asserting itself as a restricted free agent. Still, Mills and GM Scott Perry separated from their 7-foot 3-star. Transport from Dallas made the decision worse. In return for one of the league's most unique players, the Knicks received Dennis Smith Jr., the DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews Awards, and two first-round picks that are unlikely to be in the lottery. By also sending Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee, and Trey Burke, the Knicks cleared enough room to sign two maximum free agents in the summer, giving hope of an otherwise unjustifiable deal.
The free agency debacle
Even with one of the most highly praised free agent classes of all time, the Knicks prevailed last summer. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving landed the most devastating blows when they signed the Nets. According to reports, the Knicks didn't want to give the former MVP, who had a broken Achilles, a maximum contract. The Knicks ended up making a series of low-impact, understated, short-term signings – Julius Randle, Marcus Morris, Bobby Portis, Wayne Ellington, Taj Gibson, Elfrid Payton, and Reggie Bullock – which Mills hilariously claimed to be the Knicks. plan all the time.
The Isiah Thomas saga
In Mills’s first term as Knicks Manager, he recommended the team to bring Hall of Fame Guardian Isiah Thomas on board as team president in 2003. In Thomas & # 39; five years stint, the Knicks had no winning season. Thomas was also charged with sexual harassment from Anucha Browne Sanders, who worked directly under Mills. According to Browne Sanders, Mills ignored her complaints and threatened to defame her, which he denied in court. Madison Square Garden was found guilty in 2007 and Browne Sanders was awarded $ 11.6 million in damages.
The Tim Hardaway signs
After replacing Phil Jackson as team president in 2017, Mills' first big step was to sign Tim Hardaway Jr. on a $ 71 million four-year deal when no other team was ready to offer anything close to that amount. In order to discharge Hardaway's massive salary less than two years later, the Knicks Porzingis had to involve in a deal with the Mavericks.
Shot of David Fizdale
After less than two seasons in his first stint as head coach in Memphis, Fizdale hit ten candidates in 2018 to lead the Knicks. Fizdale was fired in his second season as head coach after firing the Knicks between 21 and 83.
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