Toronto Raptors GM Masai Ujiri is the early frontrunner to take over as New York Knicks team president. (Photo: Getty Images)

The New York Knicks are officially on the hunt for a new team president and it looks as though a favorite has already emerged just hours after they parted ways with Phil Jackson

 

Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical reported that Knicks owner James Dolan "is targeting" Toronto Raptors president and general manager Masai Ujiri, who has been at the post since 2013.

 

It would be a considerable downgrade for the 46-year-old Ujiri, whose Raptors have made the postseason in each of the last four seasons. The Knicks haven't made the playoffs since 2013.

 

However, things could be trending downwards in Toronto with star guard Kyle Lowry set to hit free agency in July. 

 

If Ujiri is interested in taking the job though, the most important factor of his candidacy is his views on Carmelo Anthony. Jackson wanted the veteran star to waive his no-trade clause, but Dolan wanted otherwise, per ESPN's Ramona Shelburne

 

A desire to hang on to Anthony will obviously score brownie points with Dolan, who helped orchestrate the 12-time All-Star's arrival to New York from Denver in 2011.