Villanova Basketball Coach Jay Wright Targeted By New York Knicks

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ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Knicks informed Hornacek, an Iowa State alumnus, that he was sacked once they returned to suburban NY after beating the playoff-bound Cavaliers 108-95 in Cleveland on Wednesday night in the regular-season finale. After all, the Knicks would finish with a 60-104 record with him on the sidelines these past two years.

Mills told reporters, "I don't think it was a complete shock to Jeff", citing an ominous meeting two weeks ago, but Hornacek publicly lobbied to stay on before the game Thursday night.

The Knicks finished this season at 29-53, going 5-20 after the season-ending knee injury to Kristaps Porzingis.

Aside from their hot start, the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season for the New York Knicks was ultimately one to forget.

Wright, 56, had received heavy interest from teams after each of Villanova's previous Final Four appearances during his tenure as head coach - Kentucky in 2009 and the Phoenix Suns in 2016 - but remained at the university.

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The Knicks are seriously aiming the free agent market in the summer of 2019 when they will have significant salary-cap space and Porzingis back to full strength. The whole thing is, to take a new challenge you have to give up what you have.

ESPN reports the former coach was sacked after a flight back from Cleveland, where the Knicks won against the Cleveland Cavaliers, 110-98.

Sources: Another candidate Knicks planning to contact: Jerry Stackhouse, coach of Toronto G League affiliate.

"Jeff is a good guy", forward Michael Beasley said after Wednesday's victory.

Instead, the team's first order of business was to dismiss the coach. "It's hard to do anything because all you're thinking about is not to mess up".

NY hasn't reached the playoffs in five seasons and has one playoff series win in the past 18 years. This combination created all sorts of problems for the Knicks all season long as they ended up finishing the season with 18th rank in offensive rating.