Jay Wright passed on speaking with the Knicks when they had a head-coaching vacancy two years ago and it doesn’t seem likely he will change his mind anytime soon.
A new report Monday in Forbes suggested the Knicks would have strong interest in Wright just as the former brain trust did two years ago. But the feelings are not mutual, according to an NCAA source close to the situation.
“Jay loves Villanova, Jay loves Villanova,’’ the source said. The source indicated Wright has not completely ruled out the NBA in the future for the perfect job, but indicated the Knicks franchise currently has not been a paradise under the ownership of James Dolan.
Both incoming Knicks president Leon Rose and William “Worldwide Wes” Wesley — a basketball power broker whom Rose has worked with — are from the Philadelphia area. Rose is from Cherry Hill, N.J., and graduated from Temple. So Rose is awfully familiar with the Big 5 Philly basketball scene.
Jeff Van Gundy and Tom Thibodeau are expected to be on Rose’s short list.
The impression from people who know Wright is that the only job he’d leave Villanova for is the 76ers.
In May 2018, Wright told The Post that not talking to the Knicks had everything to do with Villanova.
“It’s not that you’re not interested, I just don’t want to leave,” Wright said then. “It’s the Knicks. You love the Garden, you love New York City, you love the Knicks. I just know I don’t want to leave Villanova.”
Carl Hirsch, Wright’s longtime agent, also told The Post at the time that Wright had no plans to leave the school.
Wright, 58, is in his 19th season with Villanova. He led the Wildcats to national titles in 2015-16 and 2017-18.
Wright is putting his Berwyn, Pa., house on the market for roughly $2.5 million, but Philadelphia Business Journal reports he and his family are looking to downsize and move closer to Villanova’s campus.