February 7, 2020 | : am
When Steve Mills was hired in 2018 to be Knicks president and replace Glen Grunwald coming off a 90 – win campaign , one of the Garden’s reasonings was Mills’ solid relationship with the powerful Creative Artists Agency.
That’s how much Knicks owner James Dolan cared about CAA. In an ironic twist, Mills ultimately was fired and will be replaced by one of their agent juggernauts, Leon Rose – who repped Carmelo Anthony, among others.
“MSG and CAA have been in bed for years,’ one NBA executive told The Post. “This shouldn’t be surprising.’ ”
Rose, the former agent for LeBron James, was granted special privileges during the Melo / J.R. Smith era. The Cherry Hill, N.J., native was the lone agent allowed in the locker room after games, seen waiting on his guys.
Rose has connections that can help the Knicks – the obvious one being his role as the agent for Karl-Anthony Towns, whom the club has eyed as a potential trade candidate down the road if he becomes even more disgruntled with the Timberwolves’ losing. Rose also reps Suns star Devin Booker.
As for coaching candidates, Rose has worked before with John Calipari, whom is heavily linked to adviser / mover-and-shaker William Wesley, also expected to join the Knicks ’staff.
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