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After denying rumours of a visit to New York for a meeting with the Knicks about a head coach’s role, reportedly the franchise are flying out to Istanbul to meet with David Blatt.

According to the ESPN New York report: “Knicks GM Scott Perry is planning to pair the European trip with a scouting side trip, sources said. The Perry-Blatt meeting will be telltale to Blatt’s candidacy. Blatt has a strong history and relationship with Knicks president Steve Mills, and Mills has been an advocate for Blatt to become the Knicks’ head coach when he worked with Phil Jackson and now Perry.

Nevertheless, Perry has no relationship with Blatt and would need to be convinced that they could work together and that Blatt, 58, could be an asset in connecting with players and ultimately recruiting free agents to New York.”

Blatt would seem like a suitable candidate fo the role given his vast experience and expertise in nurturing emerging European talent and with Kristaps Porzingis rehabilitating from a torn ACL, in preparation for the next phase in his career, Blatt could be the perfect man for this.