Sources I've talked to have repeatedly told me that Walsh and Dolan have had basically zero dialogue on the subject, and idea that was validated in a story today.
Wait-and-see is part of Walsh’s nature, but it may also be a matter of practicality. Walsh’s contract expires June 30, and he has received no indication from ownership that he will be retained. The team has until April 30 to pick up Walsh’s option for the 2011-12 season.Dolan hasn't spoken to reporters, if it's been 4 years, because of how Sports Illustrated portrayed him in this article. I've talked to high-level people at SI about the piece several years ago and they obviously stood by it.
It would be shocking if the Knicks let Walsh walk away, but the Garden chairman, James L. Dolan, is famously unpredictable. Those inside or outside the Garden are unsure what his thoughts are regarding Walsh.
Dolan has not spoken to reporters in four years. A Garden spokesman declined to comment on Dolan’s intentions regarding Walsh.
So there are a lot of bridges to cross this season. We know what needs to happen first in terms of the roster, and if I were Walsh I'd be tired of talking about that particular situation. There is the trade deadline, and hopefully the playoffs, which would be the perfect time to negotiate.
Walsh wants to finish what he started here, that much is clear.