The Knicks are entering free agency without a president of basketball operations, but are doing their best to try and secure a replacement. The Knicks and phil jackson parted ways earlier this week, but a few candidates have emerged to take over. In what will be a lengthy process to hire someone, a former General Manager has emerged as the Knicks number once choice.

Former Cavs GM rumored to take over

David Griffin, the former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager, is rumored to be a candidate to take over according to Ramona Shelburne. An initial conversation began, and it could lead to more talks in the upcoming days.

It seems that Griffin is now the frontrunner now that it has been reported that the Knicks are not going to ask Toronto for permission to talk to Masai Ujiri.

Griffin was the Cavaliers general manager for three years, which included an NBA championship during that time period. Griffin left Cleveland after his contract ran up and was not retained. Griffin spent 17 years with the Phoenix Suns before coming to Cleveland. He began interning for the team in 1993 before becoming the team's vice president of basketball operations in 2007.

Mills will run free agency

General manager and acting president, Steve Mills, will lead the Knicks during the offseason. Mills is also rumored to be considered for the job.

Mills was a part of the Jackson regime that resulted in zero playoff appearances, so it is unlikely that he will receive a high level of consideration.

Calipari denies interest in Knicks job

Reports surfaced earlier Thursday morning that Kentucky basketball coach, John Calipari, had reached out to the Knicks about their vacant front office job.

The Knicks were reported to have little interest in Calipari taking over. Calipari took to his Twitter account to tell the world that he was the coach of the Kentucky Wildcats and that no one on his behalf reached out.

Calipari is already on record for criticizing the Knicks for not drafting Malik Monk with the No. 8 overall pick.

The successful college basketball coach has been rumored to NBA jobs in the past, and he arguably better offers than this gig.

Three years ago, before Griffin was hired as the Cavaliers general manager, it was reported that the Cavaliers had offered Calipari $80 million over ten years, and he turned it down. If he turned down a job that had a promising future, and LeBron James, why would he ever want to come to a situation like New York?