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The Spurs have given the New York Knicks permission to interview assistant Will Hardy for their vacant head coaching position.

Hardy, 32, has been a member of the Spurs' staff for 10 seasons. This is his fourth as a bench assistant. He has become well regarded both within the Spurs' locker room and across the NBA.

Hardy will join a long list of candidates for the job in the Big Apple, which became open when the Knicks fired David Fizdale in the middle of the season. Veteran NBA coach Tom Thibodeau is considered the front-runner for the gig, with former Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson also garnering mention. Mike Miller -- the former Texas State head coach who took over in New York upon Fizdale's ouster -- is also expected to be interviewed.

Other names reported to be on the Knicks' list include Philadelphia assistant Ime Udoka -- who played three seasons with the Spurs and is a former member of Gregg Popovich's staff -- as well as Chicago assistant Chris Fleming and Orlando aide Pat Delaney.

Mike Woodson, who already had one tour as the Knicks' coach from 2011 to 2014, has also been reported to be a candidate.