The New York Knicks may have their next general manager at the helm soon.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted that league sources have confirmed Sacramento Kings vice president of basketball operations Scott Perry has been in talks with the Knicks to become the team’s next general manager.
Despite only joining the Kings in April, the team has reportedly allowed Perry to meet with Knicks executives to discuss negotiations regarding the position. The two sides met Thursday.
Perry has already received league-wide praise for his work with the Kings in just a three-month period. The team made waves in the draft last month as they added De’Aaron Fox, Justin Jackson, and Harry Giles, all of them being first-round selections.
If Knicks hire Scott Perry as GM it’d be one of their smartest moves in a long time. Well respected with a great eye for talent— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 13, 2017
Due to his success over the years as an executive, this appears to be a step in the right direction for the Knicks franchise who parted ways with previous GM Phil Jackson after three seasons earlier this offseason.
Over the years, Perry has also held front office positions in Seattle, Oklahoma City, Detroit, Orlando, along with Sacramento.
His first order of business once his role as the Knicks GM becomes finalized will likely be to move All-Star Carmelo Anthony. The team has been reportedly been in talks this week to send Anthony to the Houston Rockets to join James Harden and newly-acquired Chris Paul.
New York’s recent trade attempts, and free agent signings, like Tim Hardaway Jr., confirms their previous plans to revitalize the roster with young talent that the franchise can build around.
Last week, Hardaway Jr. received a $71 million deal over five years to join the Knicks for the second stint of his career after spending his previous two seasons with the Atlanta Hawks.
Now, Perry will be the next in line to attempt to return the Knicks franchise to prominence in what has proven to be one of the most difficult rebuilding jobs in the NBA.
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In what has been a long run of mediocrity in the Knicks front office, I certainly do believe Perry’s track record shows that he can turn this Knicks franchise around given the proper resources are provided to him by owner James Dolan.