Knicks make Thunder scout Zanin latest addition to front office

A general view of the Knicks' court at Madison Square Garden. File photo

The New York Knicks are adding Frank Zanin as assistant general manager, according to multiple reports.

Zanin has spent the last four years as a scout with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He has also worked in the front offices of the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets, where he served as assistant general manager.

This the latest in a series of front office moves from new Knicks chief of basketball operations Leon Rose. In addition to bringing in Zanin, Rose has hired longtime Cleveland Cavaliers salary cap expert Brock Aller, as well Utah Jazz vice president of player personnel Walt Perrin.

Aller spent 15 years with Dan Gilbert and the Cavaliers, and Perrin has worked for the Jazz for 19 years.

The Knicks have also retained Scott Perry as general manager for 2020-21.

Zanin played against late Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant in high school and the two developed an acquaintanceship.

“Zanin was endorsed by Bryant for the Nets’ general manager job in 2016, following the dismissal of Billy King,” reported Marc Berman of the New York Post. “Zanin and Bryant first became acquainted growing up in suburban Philadelphia, where Zanin’s career first began as a scout for the 76ers.”

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