Knicks hire Kings executive Scott Perry as new GM


He was hired in April after he was sacked from the Magic's front office and was instrumental in selecting Kentucky point guard De'Aaron Fox as the Kings' No. 5 overall pick and signing free agents Vince Carter, Zach Randolph and George Hill.

Before meeting with Perry, the Knicks had reportedly held discussions with Toronto Raptors executive Masai Ujiri and ex-Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin regarding the vacant position.

ESPN also reported the Kings granted the Knicks permission to speak with Perry because it would be a promotion and a chance at a "dream" job.

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However, the deal is not finalized because NY and Sacramento are still figuring out how much cash to send back to California to get Perry out of his deal, reports ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

In New York, Perry would work under Knicks executive Steve Mills, ESPN and USA Today reported.

The Hardaway contract erased some of the optimism fans had felt following Phil Jackson's departure as president of basketball operations.

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Perry is now the vice president of basketball operations for the Kings.

Perry's résumé includes two stints in the Detroit Pistons' front office, one season with the Seattle SuperSonics and several college coaching jobs.

Sources said the Knicks and Griffin were at odds over Griffin's not having full authority on basketball decisions and over his preference to bring in his own staff.

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The Knicks are rebuilding around a young core led by Kristaps Prozingis, and they are trying to trade Carmelo Anthony (likely to Houston. but when is unclear).