GM Knicks Scott Perry will not only run an upcoming draft but will return next season, sources are confirmed.
The source said Perry’s option would be taken for next season by president Leon Rose. The Post reported last week that Perry, despite hiring VP strategy Brock Aller, will run the NBA Draft. At that time, there was no guarantee he would return next season despite such inclines.
Perry’s current staff including personnel director Harold Ellis, GM assistant Gerald Madkins, reconnaissance Fred Cofield and capologist Michael Arcieri are not guaranteed to return when Rose continues the evaluation. Their contract runs until August and there may be changes.
“Scott is a respected basketball executive I have known for more than 20 years, and I look forward to continuing to work with him when we want to build a winning team in New York,” Rose said in a statement.
Perry is not a lame duck like Rose will see how it goes and make a decision whether to extend his contract next season. The corona virus pandemic – with New York as the epicenter – has played a role in maintaining more of the status quo.
“Shutdown may have helped everyone – at least temporarily,” one NBA source connected to the Knicks told The Post last week.
Perry and former president Steve Mills appear to have destroyed the trade of Kristaps Porzingis – unless they used Dennis Smith Jr. and the two first round Mavericks choices in a bigger deal for star type players.
The 2018 draft might work. Mitchell Robinson, who was brought in in the second round, has developed as a major player in the middle and first round talent. Although the second season-jinxed to select the 2018 Kevin Knox lottery, it was too early to label the forward forward.
And RJ Barrett, chosen in No. 3 in the 2019 draft, it still seems like the right call even if he doesn’t put up a Rookie-of-the-Year number.
Perry, 56, has been a GM Knicks since 2017.