James Dolan didn’t consider hiring Rich Kleiman as president of the New York Knicks.

Sources say Dolan feared fans of the Knicks still blame Kleiman for Kevin Durant signing with the Brooklyn Nets instead of the Knicks.

Kleiman is known to be a lifelong fan of the Knicks.

The Knicks will instead hire Leon Rose, who has been an agent for more than 20 years and has had dozens of clients compared to Kleiman’s unique partnership with Durant. Durant can’t become a free agent until 2022.