Knicks of­fi­cially hire Kings’ Scott Perry as gen­eral man­ager

Lodi News-Sentinel - - Quick Hits - By Al Ian­naz­zone

The Knicks of­fi­cially have hired Scott Perry to be­come the team’s gen­eral man­ager and pro­moted Steve Mills to team pres­i­dent.

The team an­nounced the moves Fri­day af­ter the Knicks and Kings worked out com­pen­sa­tion for Perry.

Terms of Perry’s deal were not an­nounced, but a league source con­firmed Perry signed a five-year con­tract to fill the Knicks’ front-of­fice va­cancy cre­ated when the team parted ways with Phil Jack­son. Perry will work un­der Mills, who re­places Jack­son.

The two sides reached a deal Thurs­day. But since Perry was un­der con­tract as Sacra­mento’s ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent, the Knicks and Kings had to agree on com­pen­sa­tion.

The Knicks will send the Kings cash con­sid­er­a­tions and a 2019 sec­ond-round pick, a league source con­firmed.

“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 and a chance to be near my daugh­ter in New York,” Perry said in a state­ment re­leased by the Kings.

The Knicks of­ten go for the big splash, but in this sit­u­a­tion they went for a good bas­ket­ball man who is con­sid­ered a solid tal­ent eval­u­a­tor and is re­spected around the league.

Perry will be the Knicks’ lead voice in the bas­ket­ball de­part­ment, a source said. Mills will have the fi­nal de­ci­sion on all moves. Perry also will let Jeff Hor­nacek coach the team the way he wants and won’t med­dle, the source said. Jack­son made Hor­nacek run the tri­an­gle of­fense.

The 53-year-old Perry has never been a gen­eral man­ager in his 17 years in the NBA. But he has strong re­la­tion­ships with agents and the league of­fice. He has worked as a scout and in var­i­ous front-of­fice roles with the Pis­tons, Su­perSon­ics (now Thun­der), Magic and Kings.

Perry worked in the Pis­tons’ bas­ket­ball de­part­ment when they built the ros­ter that won the 2004 cham­pi­onship. He only spent three months with the Kings but he worked closely with GM Vlade Di­vac in what ap­peared to be a solid off­sea­son for Sacra­mento. The Kings se­lected or ac­quired De’Aaron Fox, Justin Jack­son, Harry Giles and Frank Ma­son on draft night. In free agency, the Kings added veter­ans Ge­orge Hill, Zach Ran­dolph and Vince Carter to help their young core.

“The Kings are a hard­work­ing team with a lot of heart and I have no doubt they are on a path to enor­mous suc­cess,” Perry said. “I wish them all the luck in the world but I have a feel­ing they won’t need it.”

Perry will have a huge un­der­tak­ing try­ing to help fix the Knicks, who are in the process of fig­ur­ing out what to do with Carmelo An­thony.

The Knicks and Rock­ets have been work­ing on trade sce­nar­ios, some of them in­volv­ing three and four teams, to move An­thony to Hous­ton. Mul­ti­ple re­ports in­di­cated that An­thony was close to be­ing traded. But the Perry ne­go­ti­a­tions put those talks on hold.

ESPN re­ported that with Perry in the fold, the Knicks may want to meet with An­thony and see if they can work on re­build­ing the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the star player and or­ga­ni­za­tion that soured when Jack­son was in charge.

But An­thony had al­ready agreed to waive his no-trade clause to play with Hous­ton or Cleve­land. The Rock­ets in­tro­duced their new point guard Chris Paul on Fri­day. He’s close friends with An­thony, and the two al­ways wanted to play to­gether.

It’s hard to imag­ine An­thony would want to stay with the Knicks af­ter they pub­licly and pri­vately made it clear to him they were go­ing in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion. He would join a con­tender with Hous­ton rather than be with a re­build­ing team.

It’s un­der­stand­able if the Knicks want to re­group af­ter fill­ing their front of­fice void, and see if Perry could help them se­cure a bet­ter trade. The holdup had been find­ing some­one to take Hous­ton for­ward Ryan An­der­son, who has three years and $61 mil­lion left on his deal.

The Rock­ets pro­moted Fri­day as “Chris Paul Day” so they didn’t want any­thing to take at­ten­tion from that. It’s con­ceiv­able that they will reen­gage the Knicks on An­thony talks in the near fu­ture.

All in­di­ca­tions, even af­ter Jack­son left, was that the Knicks wanted to go for­ward with­out An­thony.

When they an­nounced the sign­ing of Tim Har­d­away Jr. to a four-year, $71 mil­lion con­tract ear­lier in the week, Mills re­leased a state­ment that read in part, “He will fit right into the core of play­ers that make up a ros­ter em­pha­siz­ing youth, ath­leti­cism, ac­count­abil­ity and un­selfish­ness.”

An­thony doesn’t fit that de­scrip­tion. The plan had been to build around Kristaps Porzingis, Har­d­away, Willy Her­nan­gomez and firstround pick Frank Nti­lik­ina. It’s too soon to know if that has changed, but Perry will have in­put in that.

ESPN first re­ported Perry’s con­tract terms, and USA To­day the com­pen­sa­tion that was agreed upon by the Knicks and Kings.

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