By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The New York Knicks have hired their new general manager on Friday. Scott Perry, the former Sacramento Kings executive, has agreed to a five-year deal to lead the team forward.
Perry has been with the Kings since April. A few weeks prior to being hired by Sacramento, he was the Orlando Magic’s Assistant GM.
“As Steve and Scott move forward, I will continue to not be involved in the operations of the team,” owner James Dolan said.
He’ll replace Steve Mills on an interim basis. Mills took over for Phil Hackson when he was fired.
Mills is expected to be elevated to team president. In addition, Perry is going to report to Mills, who is expected to make the final decision on player personnel.
Many have already questioned Mills decision to give Tim Hardaway Jr., a former Knicks player, a four-year, $71 million to leave the Atlanta Hawks in free agency.
Perry, who the Kings granted permission to interview for the job on Thursday, will cause the Knicks surrender cash and a 2019 second-round, as a part of the agreement with the two teams.
“The Kings are forging a strong future for themselves, and while this was a tough decision, I could not pass up a promotion to become the General Manager of the New York Knicks,” Perry said. “And chance to be near my daughter in New York.”
Perry is not a house hold name; however, he does have a championship on his resume with the Detroit Pistons in 2004. He was also a part of the Seattle SuperSonics, a defunct team, who drafted Kevin Durant, before they moved on to become the Oklahoma City Thunder.
After deals with deals to Hardaway Jr. and Ron Baker, the Knicks only have $1.4 million in cap space for Perry to play with to attempt to make the team better. Also, there’s the on-again, off-again trade rumors involving Carmelo Anthony, which are off, as they attempt to “reincorporate” him back into the team.
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