“Scott is a well-respected basketball executive who I have known for more than 20 years, and I look forward to continuing to work closely with him as we look to build a winning team in New York,” [Knicks president Leon] Rose said.
While the season remains in limbo right now, the Knicks needed to make a decision on Perry with a mutual option set to trigger on May 1. According to a league source, the two sides agreed on a one-year contract, keeping Perry in place with an important - and odd - draft approaching this summer. The Knicks would not discuss the contract.
As with most things regarding the Knicks, the optics of this move are terrible. Scott Perry was GM for two seasons during the wildly unpopular presidency of Steve Mills. When Rose replaced Mills as president this season, most fans were hoping that he would clean house right away, as the Chicago Bulls have done. Clearly, however, Rose didn’t want to rock the boat for whatever reason.
As for Perry’s track record, it is a mixed bag, with a fair share of dried-up dookie pellets in that bag. His drafting of Mitchell Robinson in the second round was a clear home run, but 2018 first-rounder Kevin Knox is trending hard toward bust town. (Yes, I know he’s still young. Please stop reminding me.) Rookie first-rounder RJ Barrett had an abysmal season by efficiency standards, but showed signs of promise, and second-rounder Ignas Brazdeikis didn’t get much NBA time. Perry’s free agent signing, meanwhile, have mostly been a disaster.
Perry also has a reported distaste for 2017 first-rounder Frank Ntilikina, who was selected just before Perry came aboard.
Personally, I would have kicked Perry to the curb. But these are strange times. Maybe Scott Perry knows what he’s doing. More likely, he will join the endless parade of shit-canned Knicks GMs when his deal expires in the summer of 2021. I just hope we have basketball by then.