Report: Knicks reached out to LeBron’s agent before hiring David Fizdale
If the New York Knicks believe they have any shot at signing LeBron James this summer, it makes sense that they would want a head coach that James approves of. David Fizdale seemingly meets that standard, and it sounds like the Knicks made sure of it before they hired him.
Marc Berman of the New York Post reports that Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry reached out to LeBron’s agent and lifelong friend Rich Paul before they hired Fizdale. Contacting LeBron about the hire would be an obvious tampering violation, but gauging Paul’s opinion on the move might as well have been the same thing.
Paul reportedly gave the Knicks “the lowdown on Fizdale’s methods.” The conversation may not have been strictly LeBron-influenced, however, as Paul also represents Michigan State’s Miles Bridges. The Knicks, who have the No. 9 overall pick, may consider drafting Bridges next month.
According to a previous report from Berman, the Knicks are prepared to open up the necessary salary cap space to make a run at LeBron this summer if James indicates any willingness to sign with them.
Fizdale was an assistant coach with the Miami Heat from 2008-2016, including all four seasons that LeBron was with the team. The two have seemingly maintained a close relationship, which was evident with the way James reacted after Fizdale was fired by the Memphis Grizzlies last year. The Knicks obviously didn’t hire Fizdale just to please LeBron, but it doesn’t hurt.