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The Knicks have extended the contract of GM Scott Perry

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This would have seemed impossible a year ago.

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The Knicks pulled a move Thursday afternoon that once would have seemed like an unconscionable betrayal just a year ago, extending the contract of general manager Scott Perry.

Perry was hired by then-president Steve Mills in 2017. His work over the first few seasons was wildly criticized, and many Knicks fans were hoping for Leon Rose to kick Perry to the curb when he was hired in 2020. Rose decided to keep Perry around, however, to ensure a smooth transition.

In hindsight, Perry’s tenure in New York has come under new light. Clearly, his biggest failures thus far have been hiring David Fizdale as head coach and drafting Kevin Knox No. 9 overall in 2018. He was ridiculed in the press for signing too many power forwards in 2019, but look at how that crew turned out:

  • Julius Randle: All-Star, 2nd-team all-NBA for Knicks
  • Marcus Morris: traded for the first-round pick that turned into Immanuel Quickley
  • Taj Gibson: excellent bench contributor for two seasons
  • Bobby Portis: quality bench performer for Knicks last season, sixth man for the champion Bucks this season

That’s a pretty damn fine haul. We don’t know how much Perry did in the 2020 draft and free agency, but he definitely assembled the core of Randle, Mitchell Robinson, RJ Barrett and Reggie Bullock before Rose came to power. (Let’s just ignore Elfrid Payton for the purpose of this exercise.)

Leon Rose has brought together a strong brain trust to help him run the Knicks. If he believes Scott Perry is a good asset to the front office, that’s good enough for me.