Longstaff, whose contract was not renewed by Phil Jackson after last season, just completed his first season as head coach of Erie, Atlanta’s G-League affiliate. The expansion club lost to Stackhouse and Toronto’s minor-league team in the semifinals of the G-League playoffs.
Longstaff worked closely with Kristaps Porzingis for two seasons in New York and was viewed as a top developmental coach. That Longstaff was hired by Budenholzer, a coach who values player development, is telling.
If Budenholzer were to join the Knicks, he could potentially hire Longstaff, who could help repair the relationship between Porzingis and the Knicks.