The NBA is a copy-cat league and the New York Knicks are the one franchise that is still going to find a way to screw it all up.
Following in the footsteps of teams such as the Golden State Warriors (Bob Myers) and Los Angeles Lakers (Rob Pelinka), who both hired highly respected NBA agents to run its respective organizations, the Knicks are continuing the trend – and their new employees have some notable Kentucky connections.
According to several sources, the Knicks are hiring agent Leon Rose and William Wesley (aka “World Wide Wes”) to run the team as two of the top decision-makers.
Knicks have begun finalizing plans to bring Rose and William Wesley into potential basketball ops. structure, sources say. https://t.co/YxO3xVtDnL
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 6, 2020
We’ll start with Worldwide Wes, who has obvious ties to Kentucky head coach John Calipari and has for a long time now. It doesn’t matter how many lifetime contracts Calipari signs to stay in Lexington, the rumors of him leaving will always be alive. But now there is a legitimate connection. Wesley and Rose have been friends for decades. Calipari has stated in the past that Wesley was an “ambassador to our program” back in 2007 when Cal was at Memphis. Wesley has notable connections to a good amount of former Calipari players, such as Derrick Rose and Anthony Davis. The Knicks need a new head coach.
Calipari is about to work his way into another pay raise, isn’t he?
But on to Leon Rose, who is the current NBA agent to two important BBNBA clients, Devin Booker and Karl-Anthony Towns, among several other high-profile NBA players such as Chris Paul, Joel Embiid, and Mike Conley. Rose is also the long-time agent to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
Towns and his relationship with Minnesota has been openly deteriorating since the summer, it feels like. The former No. 1 overall pick hasn’t won a game with the Wolves since Nov. 27 and recently expressed his how patience is “running low” as of Wednesday afternoon. Towns signed a massive, maximum deal with Minnesota in late 2018 that runs through 2025. But if we know anything about the NBA, it’s that trade demands are becoming more and more popular. If the Wolves can’t keep KAT happy, he might have some outside ears pushing him to find a way to New York. The same can be said for Booker and the Phoenix Suns, who have finally surrounded the former ‘Cat with some actual NBA-caliber talent but are still struggling in the Western Conference. Injuries have devastated the Suns and their situation is much more positive than the Wolves. Booker also recently signed a max deal to stay in Phoenix.
The appeal of living in New York definitely takes priority over places like Minnesota or Pheonix and the Knicks are expected to have a ton of future cap space to work with. Imagine if D’Angelo Russell – good friends of both KAT and Booker – finds his way to New York. You don’t think he’ll be making some calls and texts to the two former ‘Cats about teaming up? It’s happened before and it’ll happen again.
Any potential moves on that front would have to wait until the summer, but don’t be surprised when the rumblings make an appearence. Towns wants to win; he’s been very adamant about that. Booker is tired of getting snubbed in the West, something that wouldn’t happen in the New York market. Like I said, the Knicks are the one franchise that could completely botch this entire process, but its going to create some excellent NBA drama regardless of the outcome.