Report: Knicks Mulling 2-Year Extension For Donnie Walsh
NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Donnie Walsh finally got the Knicks under the cap and back in the playoffs. According to CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger, New York is “considering” handing Walsh a two-year contract extension, “expected to be resolved in the next two weeks.”
Walsh has an option for 2011-12 — with an April 30 deadline — though Berger says an extension is “more likely.”
“It’s basically going to be Donnie’s call whether he wants to come back,” said Berger’s source.
Many Knicks fans have been left to wonder why James Dolan hasn’t picked up Walsh’s option for next season, even after his moves over the first three years brought the Knicks back to the playoffs for the first time since 2004.
The situation appears to be getting to the Knicks president. He snapped at a reporter in March, saying his contract is “none of your d— business.”
Considering the Knicks finished with only 23 wins twice in the last five seasons, it would seem Walsh has done enough to secure his future in New York.
“Another complicating factor could be an attempt to force something on Walsh that he’s not comfortable with,” wrote Berger. Like, say, the Knicks giving an official role to Isiah Thomas?
Dolan hasn’t taken questions from the media since giving Thomas, Walsh’s predecessor, a contract extension in March 2007. Nor did he comment on Walsh last summer after a report that the president was considering retirement. Dolan’s spokesman, Barry Watkins, said that MSG does not comment on anyone’s contractual situation.
“I’m pretty sure the front office will handle it to the best of their ability,” Carmelo Anthony said on Sunday after the Knicks were swept out of the playoffs. “They have one of the best front offices in the NBA right now, so they will do their job. I’ll let them handle that.”
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