Knicks are after Grunwald

Former Raptors GM Glen Grunwald, now with the Toronto Board of Trade, is garnering interest from...

Former Raptors GM Glen Grunwald, now with the Toronto Board of Trade, is garnering interest from the New York Knicks. (Toronto Sun File/Alex Urosevic)

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:34 AM ET

A rumour that former Raptors general manager Glen Grunwald may be on his way to the Big Apple is not just pie in the sky.

There have been reports that New York Knicks president/head coach Isiah Thomas is after Grunwald, who is CEO and president of the Toronto Board of Trade, to accept a front office position with the laughing-stock NBA team.

Yesterday, Glen Stone, public affairs manager at the Board of Trade, confirmed that the Knicks have indeed contacted Grunwald about the possibility of joining the New York team, but have yet to make a formal/written offer.

Grunwald and Thomas go way back to their days as college roommates at Indiana University.

Grunwald took over as GM of the Raptors when Thomas was let go back in 1997. Grunwald lost his gig with the Raps in 2004.

The rumour circulating yesterday was the Grunwald would not leave the Board of Trade unless the Knicks threw truckload lot of money at him and, at the same time, allowed him to remain in Toronto for extended periods of time, even during the basketball season, as he has a young family and is not eager to uproot at this point.

Grunwald has, in fact, turned down some NBA jobs since leaving the Raptors because he didn't want to leave the Toronto area.

He became a Canadian citizen in 2001.

The Knicks franchise has been in a state of chaos in recent years.

Thomas took over as head coach after Larry Brown was fired last year.

The Knicks have the highest payroll in the NBA (close to $130 million US), but finished 23-59 last season, worst in the Eastern Conference.


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