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David Blatt's consulting contract with the Knicks expired on Tuesday, ending his tenure in the Knicks' front office, per a source.
Blatt's departure is the first known front office change under new Knicks president Leon Rose.
Blatt joined the Knicks as a basketball operations consultant in the middle of the season, hired by former team president Steve Mills. Blatt had retired from coaching and was consulting with the Knicks' front office in scouting and player evaluation for the NBA club and the Westchester Knicks, the franchise's G League team.
A source said he left the club on good terms.
Blatt has a strong relationship with Mills and current VP of player development Craig Robinson. All three played together at Princeton. Robinson, like all other holdovers from Mills' front office, has an uncertain future with New York.
Any front office additions/firings have been put on hold amid the coronavirus crisis. The same goes for any activity related to a coaching search. So GM Scott Perry and all others remain in place as Rose and the Knicks navigate the uncertainty surrounding the rest of the season, the 2020 NBA Draft and free agency.
Don't be surprised if Perry and Allan Houston have a role with Rose's Knicks beyond this season. Both are expected to be with the club through the draft, as the New York Post reported.
Rod Strickland is another potential candidate to be added to the organization under Rose as well.