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The New York Knicks have hired Scott Perry as their next general manager, according to a report from the New York Post.
Perry spent the end of last season as the Sacramento Kings’ executive vice president of basketball operations — and helped reshape the roster with the signing of veteran free agents Zach Randolph, Vince Carter and George Hill, and the drafting of youngsters De’Aaron Fox, Justin Jackson and Harry Giles.
The Knicks parted ways with former president Phil Jackson in June after a shaky three years together. They interviewed former Cleveland Cavaliers GM David Griffin, who removed his name from the running.
They have recently been deep in trade discussions, most notably with the Houston Rockets, centered on star forward Carmelo Anthony. Perry’s arrival could help push those talks along.
Current Knicks executive Steve Mills has been overseeing the team’s moves since Jackson’s departure.
Perry is widely respected in NBA circles. Prior to the season in Sacramento, he worked as a top basketball executive with the Orlando Magic for five years. Before that, he worked for the Detroit Pistons for parts of 12 seasons in various capacities.
The New York Post quoted one former co-worker of Perry as saying: “One of the top evaluators of talent in the NBA. The evidence is Sacramento’s free agency this year.”
Perry was also assistant GM with the Seattle SuperSonics when they drafted Kevin Durant with the second overall pick in 2007.