Knicks owner James Dolan announces he won’t sell the team

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Big changes are coming for the New York Knicks. Unfortunately for the fan base, owner James Dolan announced he has no plans to sell the team.

Dolan responded to reports on Thursday that the team is close to hiring LeBron James’ former agent Leon Rose as its new head of basketball operations. In a statement, Dolan said that he is still looking for a new president for the Knicks’ basketball operations, but made clear he will not be selling the Knicks.

New York parted ways with team president Steve Mills on Tuesday. Mills joined the Knicks in 2013 as an executive vice president and general manager, then was promoted to president in 2017.

The Knicks haven’t been to the playoffs since the 2012-’13 season and after routinely missing out on top free agents, Dolan finally decided to go in another direction. Given the history of respected basketball minds going to New York and clashing with Dolan before ultimately leaving, the Knicks might remain in trouble until something bigger changes.