The New York Knicks are replacing general manager Glen Grunwald with former Madison Square Garden president Steve Mills.
Marc Stein of ESPN first reported the surprising development:
Hearing: Knicks soon to announce front-office shakeup that will see ex-MSG prez Steve Mills return to organization in place of Glen Grunwald— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) September 26, 2013
Bleacher Report's Jared Zwerling provided confirmation from the Knicks that they were shaking up the front office once again:
#Knicks officially announce Steve Mills as their new president and GM. He previously served as a key executive with the Knicks for 10 years.— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) September 26, 2013
Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports that the Knicks say Grunwald will remain with the organization, but only in an advisory role moving forward.
The statement said Grunwald will remain in the Knicks' organzation as an "advisor."— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) September 26, 2013
The move happens less than two years after Grunwald was promoted to the role of executive vice president and general manager after serving in an interim capacity.
What's your opinion of the decision?
On the surface, the Knicks seemed to enjoy a solid offseason under his guidance. The team added Andrea Bargnani, Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih to a roster that was good enough to finish second in the Eastern Conference last season.
Although those moves may not be enough to help New York eclipse the two-time defending champion Miami Heat, they represent further signs of progress. Apparently, it was not enough for Grunwald to maintain his position.
The change represents the third in as many years for the Knicks, as Adam Zagoria points out:
Steve Mills will be the #Knicks third GM in 3 years— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) September 26, 2013
Marc Berman of the New York Post gives Knicks fans a refresher on Mills:
Steve Mills was best remembered for hiring Isiah Thomas in 2003-4 on recommendation from Magic Johnson.— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) September 26, 2013
Only time will tell if the move pays off for the Knicks, but changing the general manager after an offseason of moves is already complete is a head-scratching choice. Normally, a team would want the new executive to make those decisions.
But the Knicks rarely do things the conventional way. Replacing Grunwald with Mills is just the latest example of that.