Julius Randle, RJ Barrett, Derrick Rose, Nerlens Noel, Immanuel Quickley, Tom Thibodeau, Leon Rose, and World Wide Wes have all gotten so much praise this year for how the Knicks have come out of nowhere and outperformed every pre-season ranking and prediction.
But there is one man that has been overlooked, a man who many were not even crazy about keeping when his contract was last extended. That man is no other than Scott Perry. Perry, the GM of the Knicks. He signed a one-year extension last year and it barely made headlines. And rightfully so. His moves were solid and he hadn’t done anything reckless or absurd but he hadn’t made any big moves or turned the team around. Or at least that’s what we thought at the time.
But now there are rumors that Perry will be offered a long-term deal to stay with the team. Per ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Remona Shelburne:
“Scott Perry only got a one-year contract extension,” said Brian Windhorst.
“I think someone should want to hire him,” replied Ramona Shelburne.
“I’ll get in trouble for saying this because it will get aggregated, but I hear Scott Perry will be around the Knicks longer,” said Windhorst. “He will be. I hear it is all going to be worked out.”
In truth, Perry is the one responsible for a lot of the change that we saw this year. It was Perry who met Julius Randle in Los Angeles when free agency started two years ago to convince the big man that he can be the face of the Knicks franchise. And Randle deserves the credit for putting in the work and becoming the player he is today, but the Knicks don’t reap those benefits had Perry not recovered quickly from the Kevin Durant decision and made a strong pitch for Randle. Perry is also the one that made the call to keep the third pick and draft RJ Barrett.
Scott Perry was also the one that stayed patient in trading Carmelo Anthony and instead of taking on long contracts from the Rockets, convinced Anthony to go to the Thunder, which netted the Knicks the pick that got them Mitchell Robinson. When Porzingis wanted out, the trade got them cap space that got them Randle in the first place, but also got them Marcus Morris, who the team flipped for a draft pick, which ended up being Immanuel Quickley. Derrick Rose, who can be argued as the Knicks’ second best and second most valuable player was also picked up mid-season this year and it may end up being the best mid-season pick up of the year. And as GM he was also the one who decided on the aforementioned Tom Thibodeau who has obviously been as big a part of the new look Knicks’ success as anyone.
Ultimately, the coaches need to put in the work and the players need to go perform on the court, but Scott Perry has put together a great group of players with both veterans and youth without jeopardizing future cap space or draft picks, something that is not easy to do. Perry deserves at least some credit, and if these rumors are true, Leon Rose is inclined to agree.