New York Knicks Targeting Masai Ujiri As New President Of Basketball Operations
Apr 15, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors President and General Manager Masai Ujiri gestures prior to the game against the Charlotte Hornets at the Air Canada Centre. The Hornets won 92-87. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

After cutting ties with Phil Jackson earlier this morning, New York Knicks owner James Dolan has his sights set on getting Masai Ujiri as his new president of basketball operations.

In the wake of firing three-year president Phil Jackson early Wednesday morning, New York Knicks owner James Dolan is already on the hunt for his replacement.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Dolan is eyeballing Toronto’s Masai Ujiri as his new president of basketball operations.

In his time with the Raptors, Ujiri has helped built a playoff product year in and year out throughout his four-year tenure with them.

Ujiri, though, is also well documented when it comes to making deals with Dolan. In fact, he was with the Denver Nuggets when the Knicks made the three-team megadeal to acquire Carmelo Anthony and also made the Andrea Bargnani trade with them back in 2013.

The interest level on Ujiri’s part is unknown at the moment, as he remains under contract in Toronto.

Robbie Stratakos is a New York Knicks/Giants Beat Writer for Elite Sports NY (ESNY); he also covers the NBA nationally. He previously wrote at Last Word On Pro Basketball and Empire Writes Back. In addition to writing for ESNY, Robbie is an MLB columnist at Baseball Essential. He previously wrote at HardBallScoop - part of Scout/CBS Interactive/247Sports, Last Word On Baseball and District On Deck. He is attending Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York. Follow him on twitter @RPStratakos