The Knicks are hiring Frank Zanin for an undetermined role for their front office, league sources say. It's not official but they're working towards a deal. He's currently in the Thunder front office but worked as a Nets assistant GM before that.— Mike Vorkunov (@MikeVorkunov) May 19, 2020
According to Newsday’s Steve Popper, Zanin and Perrin will have complimentary roles within the organization, with Perrin covering the pre-draft scouting and Zanin handling pro personnel.
Zanin played high school ball against Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, who shouted him out years ago when he took the Brooklyn job.
These recent hirings could also spell doom for a few front office holdovers from the Steve Mills regime, per Stefan Bondy.
Nothing official but multiple sources have said Knicks front office members Craig Robinson, Gerald Madkins and Harold Ellis will not be retained.— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) May 19, 2020
There were many negative reactions when it was announced that Rose was keeping GM Scott Perry for one more season. But if these new hirings are any indication, it might no longer be business as usual at MSG once basketball returns. And that would be a very good thing.