Knicks’ Rose not likely finished reshaping front office

Knicks president Leon Rose had already made several changes to management. Photo courtesy New York Knicks

New York Knicks head of basketball operations Leon Rose has made several key additions to the front office but may not be finished yet, according to Ian Begley of SNY.tv.

“Opposing executives expect more changes coming in the front office and scouting departments as Rose continues to do his due diligence throughout the organization,” Begley relayed.

Within the past few weeks, the Knicks have reportedly added Cleveland Cavaliers salary cap expert Brock Aller, longtime Utah Jazz VP of player personnel Walt Perrin and Oklahoma City Thunder scout Frank Zanin.

Perrin and Zanin are each expected to serve in an assistant general manager role under Scott Perry, who’s been retained (for a season anyway) as GM. Aller is expected to fill the role of chief basketball strategist, focusing on the salary cap.

Begley suggested that former Knicks guard and current front office man Allan Houston is someone who could remain with the team.

“It’s logical to see Rose’s front office hires as pivotal to his success as team president,” Begley reported. “Rose doesn’t have experience as an executive. He was a top player agent at CAA for more than two decades, but hadn’t worked as an executive before accepting the job of president of basketball operations with the Knicks.”

The Knicks are likely to begin their coaching search after a decision is reached on whether to resume the 2019-20 season, Begley added. Mike Miller served as interim coach when the NBA went on hiatus because of the coronavirus March 11.

Sam Amico covers pro basketball for Sports Illustrated. Follow him @AmicoHoops.