Phil Jackson is expected to take a front office job with the New York Knicks this week, according to Chris Broussard of ESPN.
Jackson, who won NBA championships in 1970 and 1973 as a player with the Knicks and later won 11 championships as a coach, met with the team in Los Angeles around two weeks ago to discuss a possible position. Though he reportedly was not interested in coaching New York, he remained open to the idea of a front office job with his former NBA club.
After reporting Monday that the Knicks believed Jackson would take the job, ESPN's Broussard reported today that an agreement between the two sides was close to being finalized.
Broussard also tweeted that an announcement would likely be made next week, though the deal would likely be completed by the end of this week.
Source: Phil Jackson and NYK expected to finalize deal by end of the week. Announcement could be made next week.
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) March 11, 2014
The Knicks are 25-40 this season and currently sit 3.5 games behind the Hawks for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. After they claimed the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference last year, New York was widely expected to return to the postseason again.
Though the Knicks are 15 games below .500, the team has won four straight games.
As a coach, Jackson won six championships with the Chicago Bulls and five with the Los Angeles Lakers. His titles as a player with the Knicks in 1970 and 1973 remain the only championships in franchise history.