Another link to San Antonio is expected to interview for the Knicks coaching job – young Spurs assistant Will Hardy.
An NBA source confirmed the Spurs granted the Knicks permission to speak to Hardy, 31, who is currently a Gregg Popovich assistant coach and some believe could be his heir apparent.
The Knicks have expanded their coaching search to include four assistants with no head-coaching experience. Three of the four new candidates are represented by Creative Artists Agency’s basketball department, which Knicks president Leon Rose used to run. One of those is Ime Udoka, a former Knicks small forward who left the Spurs as an assistant of seven seasons to join the Sixers’ bench last season.
A source told The Post Udoka partly left because he didn’t see himself as Popovich’s successor. Hardy, Becky Hammon and Tim Duncan could be next in line after Popovich.
Hardy is in his 10th season with the Spurs – the last four as an assistant coach. Prior, he was a video coordinator and a scout. Last month, The Post reported Hammon was a name to watch for an interview but she, too, has been mentioned as a Popovich heir apparent.
A NBA source says she is not expected to interview with the Knicks.
The Knicks have eight known candidates with Tom Thibodeau still the frontrunner. The Knicks currently have no competition for Thibodeau with 22 teams heading to the Orlando restart, so the Knicks can take their time and get familiar with younger assistants around the league for the future.
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It was reported Wednesday Magic assistant Pat Delaney and Bulls assistant Chris Fleming would interview for the Knicks job.