*Even though he caused them to have to pay out millions of dollars in a sexual harassment lawsuit and was, by many accounts, questionable general manager/upper echelon executive, for some reason the New York Knicks have brought Isiah Thomas back into the fold.

Thomas will be a consultant to the Knicks while still coaching Florida International.

Thomas told ESPN.com Friday that he accepted a more formal and unique consulting position with his former employer, where he will help Knicks general manager Donnie Walsh make decisions on draft picks, trades and personnel.

“I’ll be available to him for that,” Thomas said by phone from South Florida. “I’ve always said that if there’s a GM position that should ever open that I would be interested in going back to the NBA as a GM for the right spot and the right opportunity. In terms of going back as a coach, I don’t see myself doing that.”

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