Though the Knicks have contacted his representatives, New York doesn't seem interested in a reunion with former head coach Jeff Van Gundy, per ESPN's Ian Begley.
Van Gundy said that he would be open to talking to the Knicks, who he was head coach for parts of seven seasons. That interest, though, doesn't seem neutral.
Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry reached out to Jeff Van Gundy's representatives on Saturday as the team searches for a new head coach following the firing of Jeff Hornacek, reports the New York Post.
Van Gundy "is ready to be back next season for the right situation," an industry source told the New York Post. Van Gundy did not commit one way or another to his future when he was recently asked about the Knicks' job on "The Michael Kay Show."
"I always keep changing my answer to the same question," Van Gundy said, when asked if he would be interested. "Now that the job is available, I can say I just don't talk about coaching searches. I don't think it does anybody any good. It doesn't do me any good, the teams any good. I want what's best for them. Whatever they decide, I hope it works for them.''
The team has also engaged with Mark Jackson's agents, which puts the two possible candidates in an interesting situation considering they work together as broadcast partners.
Van Gundy first joined the Knicks in 1989 as an assistant coach before being named head coach in 1996. He resigned during the 2001-02 season.
Former Grizzlies coach David Fizdale could be another possible candidate for the job, and he told reporters that he'd talk with the Knicks and Suns next week. The Knicks have also reached out to Jerry Stackhouse, league sources told the Post.