The Knicks attempted to lure Jerry West to the franchise this past summer after they decided to part ways with Phil Jackson, sources tell Mitch Lawrence of Sporting News. West told the team through back channels that it wasn’t the right time to come to New York and he ended up taking an advisory role with the Clippers.

New York’s current regime, led by team president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry, appears to be more professional-run, Lawrence writes with several players telling him that there has been a positive effect from the orderly front office.