The Knicks have interviewed former Cavaliers head coach David Blatt for their head coaching vacancy on Thursday in Europe, according to Marc Berman of the NY Post.
Blatt became the head coach of the Cavaliers back in 2014, where he led Cleveland to the NBA Finals. However, his team would lose to the Spurs. He would coach the Cavs the next season as well, however, he was fired after 41 games.
Blatt returned to Europe to coach in the Euroleague, where he was before the Cavs hired him. This season, he coached Turkey's Darussafaka squad.
"I want to try to return to the NBA, because I feel like I hadn't realized my potential there, but even if it doesn't happen, I will return to help my teams realize their potential even if it's the EuroLeague," Blatt said in an interview with an Israeli newspaper that was published on Saturday.
Blatt and Knicks' team president Steve Mills have a strong connection, dating back to when they shared a backcourt at Princeton.
"[Mills] doesn't owe me anything, but we've been friends for 40 years,'' Blatt said. "I haven't spoken with other teams, but I believe I will also have interviews with other teams."
Kenny Smith, Mike Budenholzer, David Fizdale, Mark Jackson, Jerry Stackhouse and Mark Jackson are among other candidates who have interviewed for the Knicks position.