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Maybe the New York Knicks were gun shy after former President Phil Jackson damaged the team and left them as one of the worst in the National Basketball Association.

The former Cavaliers GM took his name out of the running after he and the team couldn't agree to negotiations, ESPN's The Undefeated reported, citing a source. Griffin said that he and owner Dan Gilbert did not share the same vision for the future of the Cavaliers. Then he reportedly pulled himself from consideration for the dual role of general manager and president on Sunday.

The Daily News reported in late June that the Knicks had reached out to Griffin about a job in the front office.

Mills made the decision to sign Atlanta Hawks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. to a four-year, $71 million contract, a move that has been met with shock inside and outside the organization.

His ability to cultivate and bring in additional talent when necessary could be huge in helping change the dynamic that has plagued the Knicks over the last decade plus in team history. Whatever the reason, the Knicks were not willing to give David Griffin the power that he felt he needed if he wanted to bring the Knicks back to respectability.

Jackson was hired after a historic coaching career that included 11 NBA titles, but he struggled to make progress in NY with a three-year record of 80-166 since he took over the role as team president and head of basketball operations, including a franchise-worst 17-65 in 2014-15.