Knicks Rumors: William 'Worldwide Wes' Wesley Not Expected to Join Front Office

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2020

James Dolan, executive chairman of  Madison Square Garden, sits at a news conference next to the team logo where he introduced Phil Jackson as the new president of the New York Knicks, Tuesday, March 18, 2014 in New York. Jackson, who won two NBA titles as a player for the New York Knicks, also won 11 championships while coaching the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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The New York Knicks are no longer expected to hire William Wesley, known as Worldwide Wes, to a front office role, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Charania first reported the NBA personality was going to join the team alongside player agent Leon Rose, who is expected to become the team's president of basketball operations.

However, Wesley will no longer be considered for any formal role with the organization.

Wesley is currently a consultant for CAA with Rose, and GQ's Alex French once suggested he could be the "most powerful man in sports" thanks to his connections around the league.

As Howie Kussoy of the New York Post noted, he has close relationships with everyone from LeBron James and Michael Jordan to Jay-Z while "wielding an enormous amount of influence behind the scenes."

This background made him a potential difference-maker in the Knicks front office even without knowing his role.

"If my boy 'Worldwide Wes'—who I've known forever—is a part of the package, he's one of the great personalities I've ever met," fellow agent David Falk said of the team's plans, per Garrett Stepien of 247Sports. "Really well-connected guy. Really interesting person. I really hope it works."

Rose is still expected to join the team after he leaves his agency, following in the path of agents like Bob Myers and Rob Pelinka, who became general managers.

With connections to top players like Karl-Anthony Towns, Joel Embiid, Chris Paul and others, the Knicks hope he has what it takes to turn around the struggling franchise.


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