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Donnie Walsh Receives New York Knicks' Permission To Pursue Executive Positions Elsewhere

The New York Knicks have given Donnie Walsh permission to explore executive positions with other teams, his agent told CBS Sports' Ken Berger.

Walsh purged the Knicks of several bad salaries left over from the Isiah Thomas era and built a roster with promise, but left prior to this season citing a lack of energy to deal with the job's pressures. He remained with the Knicks as a consultant and is under contract in that capacity until June 30, which is why he needed the Knicks' permission to search for new jobs.

Berger reports that Walsh is expected to be interested in the Portland Trail Blazers' vacant general manager position. It's also possible that Walsh, who spent 24 years working for the Indiana Pacers, could return to Indiana if Larry Bird decides not to return to the team following this season.

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