With David Fizdale bringing in his own staff, three Knicks assistants from last season — Jerry Sichting, Corey Gaines and Dave Bliss — won’t return to the team, the Daily News has learned.
Video coordinator Pat Licursi is also gone, sources said.
Fizdale is expected to hire Keith Smart as his lead assistant. Other candidates for the bench, according to reports, include Jud Buechler, Pat Sullivan, Royal Ivey and Pat Delaney.
Howard Eisley, who was an assistant under Jeff Hornacek, could remain on the staff.
Sichting and Gaines both were brought to New York by Hornacek after serving as his assistants in Phoenix. Bliss, a player development coach, was the last holdover from Derek Fisher’s staff. Hornacek and associate head coach Kurt Rambis were fired in April.
With Smart, Fizdale would be hiring a former NBA head coach who already served as his assistant for a season-plus in Memphis. Smart and Fizdale were also on the same staff in Miami.
Buechler and Sullivan are in “serious talks” to join the Knicks staff, according to ESPN. Buechler, 49, a three-time NBA champion as a player with the Bulls, was mainly a development coach with the Lakers the last two seasons. He was also the Lakers’ Summer League coach last year with Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball on the roster.
Sullivan worked as an assistant with the Pistons when Knicks GM Scott Perry was in their front office, winning a championship together in 2004. He was an assistant with the Nets for three years under Lawrence Frank.
Ivey, a Queens product, reportedly interviewed with the Knicks after one season as an OKC assistant. Delaney, a scout and video coordinator in Miami when Fizdale was on the staff, was most recently an assistant in Charlotte.
“There’s some really good coaches out there and guys I’ve been around a long time obviously just being in this business and watching them work from afar or people I’ve worked with. We can put together a big-time staff,” Fizdale said recently on WFAN. “And obviously a big part of that is who they are as people from a character standpoint, their ability to develop young people, their ability to be available for these young guys whenever they need them. And at the same time can coach the system and implement the culture the way that I like.”