The New York Knicks look as though their front office is on the verge of completion.
Sources have told CSN Chicago’s Vincent Goodwill on Thursday evening that the Knicks have reached an agreement with Scott Perry to become the team’s new general manager.
Perry has worked in the NBA since 2000, working his way up the ranks from scout to vice president of basketball operations with the Detroit Pistons. He kept that same title with the Orlando Magic and Sacramento Kings, whom he had just joined in April.
Regardless, the Kings gave the Knicks permission to speak with Perry, though Sam Amick of USA Today added that Sacremento will likely be looking for cash compensation.
The Knicks have been looking to round out the front office since parting ways with Phil Jackson on June 28. One of the greatest coaches in NBA history’s success did not translate to the front office, at least with the Knicks. One final battle with James Dolan over Carmelo Anthony’s future is the straw that broke the camel’s back and ended the tumultuous three-year tenure. Jackson wanted the organization to buy out the last two years, $54 million of the veteran All-Star’s contract. Dolan did not.
Other general manager prospects have been floated out there, including David Griffin, formerly of the Cleveland Cavaliers. But after a meeting with interim president and general manager Steve Mills, a clear role could not be defined and negotiations broke off. It was later revealed that Griffin wanted to bring in his own people, including a new scouting staff that would replace Allan Houston. That didn’t fly with Mills and Dolan.
Considering Perry is on the cusp of taking over at Madison Square Garden, it’s safe to assume that he will not come in with guns blazing and shuffle things around. However, he will be met with the saga surrounding Anthony. The team is currently in talks with the Houston Rockets about a trade, but a third and fourth team to make the deal work for both sides is currently being searched for.