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Knicks president Leon Rose officially announced additions to his front office on Wednesday.
Brock Aller will be Rose's vice president of basketball and strategic planning, Walt Perrin will be an assistant general manager overseeing college scouting, and Frank Zanin will be an assistant general manager overseeing pro scouting.
The Knicks also announced that GM Scott Perry has agreed to a one-year extension for 2020-21 to remain in that role.
"We have assembled a diverse front office comprised of highly regarded and experienced basketball executives who have influenced some of the most successful players and organizations in the league," Rose said. "These additions will complement the structure we already have in place and assist us in acquiring talent and developing strategies to build a team our fans can be proud of."
Aller comes to New York following a seven-year stint in Cleveland. Per the Knicks, Aller spent four seasons as the team's senior director of strategic planning. He was then named senior director of basketball operations for the Cavaliers in July 2017.
Aller played a key front office role in the Cavaliers' 2016 NBA Championship run, which ended Cleveland's major league championship drought after 52 years. Prior to his time in Cleveland, Aller spent nine years (2005-14) in Detroit working directly with Dan Gilbert and Cavaliers ownership as a liaison and advisor on business and basketball operations.
Perrin comes to New York after a 19-year stint in Utah. Per the Knicks, his responsibilities with the Jazz included evaluating players on all levels and assisting the general manager with potential player acquisitions. Perrin assisted the Jazz in drafting All-Stars such as Gordon Hayward, Paul Millsap and Deron Williams (who was a great young point guard but didn't have the career that Chris Paul, taken after him, did).
Utah also acquired All-Stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell in separate draft day trades with the Denver Nuggets with Perrin's assist.
During Perrin's tenure, Utah won three divisional titles and qualified for the playoffs nine times, including a trip to the Western Conference Finals in 2006-07. Prior to joining the Jazz, Perrin spent time with the Detroit Pistons (1993-02) and Minnesota Timberwolves (1991-93) in various roles including assistant coach and director of scouting.
Perrin overlapped with Perry in Detroit.
Here is a statement from Utah executive vice president of basketball operations, Dennis Lindsey, on Perrin's departure: "Walt Perrin has been a tremendous asset to the Jazz organization over the past 19 seasons. His work overseeing player personnel, including his enormous impact on our draft acquisitions, has been an invaluable part of our franchise's success and he will be missed. We wish Walt all the best in his new role with the New York Knicks."
Zanin joined the Knicks after three seasons as a scout with Oklahoma City. Here is more biographical information on Zanin, per the Knicks:
He previously served as the assistant general manager for the Brooklyn Nets (2013-16), where he began his tenure with the team as a pro personnel scout (2010-12) and then director of player procurement (2012-13). In his four seasons with Brooklyn/New Jersey, the Nets qualified for the playoffs three times. Prior to joining the Nets, he spent nine seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers in a variety of roles including video intern (1999-00), video coordinator (2000-03), advance scout/assistant coach (2003-06) and pro personnel scout (2006-08). During his tenure with Philadelphia the 76ers made the playoffs six times including advancing to the NBA Finals in 2001.
Opposing teams expect the Knicks to do some more reshuffling of the front office under Rose. There are several scouts/executives hired under former team president Steve Mills and Perry who are under contract at the moment. Rose has to decide whether to keep those scouts/execs or to part ways with them.
One current exec, Allan Houston, remains a strong candidate to remain with the Knicks under Rose. Houston has a strong relationship with Rose and is close with Knicks owner James Dolan and William 'Worldwide Wes' Wesley, a close associate of Rose's.
Rose came to the Knicks after more than two decades as a top player agent in the NBA. Due to his lack of experience as an NBA executive, the hires he makes in the front office will be crucial. The Knicks have three draft picks in the first 38 selections in the 2020 NBA Draft and have significant cap flexibility in the summer of 2020 and beyond.