The New York Knicks have already missed out on their number one coaching target when Steve Kerr agreed to join the Golden State Warriors, and now they could be further disappointed according to reports today.
The New York Post has reported today that although team president would prefer to hire Denver Nuggets coach, Brian Shaw over Derek Fisher he may struggle to land either.
"The Nuggets would require the Knicks to pay compensation. That appears to be a bigger roadblock to getting Shaw out of his Denver contract than Shaw’s reluctance to come to New York."
Shaw was at the LA Lakers under Jackson and would probably relish the opportunity to test his skills at a higher level. However the Nuggets would require draft picks in a possible trade for the coach, something that the Knicks simply do not have.
In the case of Fisher who is currently involved in the NBA playoffs for the Oklahoma City Thunder, it has been rumored that the Thunder would allow Fisher a one-year extension with some added responsibilities which could give the 39 year-old some added options rather than take on the poisoned chalice of Knicks coach.
Jackson's search is probably not aided by the fact that the LA Lakers are also in the middle of their coaching search. Two high profile coaching opportunities and a surprising dearth in available coaching talent could leave for a difficult offseason for both organizations.