After surprising success in 2020-21, Knicks sign GM Scott Perry to contract extension

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The Knicks and GM Scott Perry have come to an agreement on a multi-year contract extension, sources tell SNY’s Ian Begley.

When Steve Mills was relieved of his duties as team president in February 2020, new president Leon Rose kept Perry as GM when he took over in March 2020.

Perry signed a one-year deal to remain GM under Rose for the 2020-21 season.

At the time, some rival executives speculated that Perry could be a one year ‘placeholder’ and Rose would hire a more permanent general manager in the 2021 offseason.

But the Knicks won 41 games and earned the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference, exceeding all public expectations.

Along the way, Perry established himself as an integral part of a front office that included Rose, executive Vice President William Wesley and chief strategist Brock Aller.

After their successful regular season, the Knicks clearly feel that the organization can continue to grow with Perry playing a pivotal role.

One league source said Perry, one of the few senior executives with front office experience, worked well with Rose and Wesley.

The Knicks enter the 2021 offseason with significant cap space and five first-round picks over the next three drafts, so they have an opportunity to upgrade the roster via trade, the draft or free agency.

That flexibility is in large part a product of Perry and then team president Steve Mills’ decision-making.

Under Mills and Perry, the Knicks didn’t sign any contracts that clogged their cap space. They also didn’t trade any of their first-round picks.

It also hasn’t all been perfect for Perry.

At this point, it seems like he and Mills missed on their 2018 lottery pick in Kevin Knox.

The duo took a home run swing in 2019 when they traded Kristaps Porzingis. The deal left them with enough cap space to sign two max free agents.

New York missed on its top targets and started the following season slowly. The slow start led to head coach David Fizdale and Mills losing their jobs.

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Julius Randle, the Knicks’ biggest signing in 2019, struggled for much of the season. New York finished the year at 21-45.

The expectations for 2020-21 were modest.

One Las Vegas sports book pegged the Knicks’ over/under at 21.5.

Thanks to Randle, Tom Thibodeau and many others, the Knicks outperformed those expectations by a wide margin.

Randle bounced back from a rough first season in New York and earned an All-Star bid and second-team All NBA honors this season.

Now, Randle is on one of the most team-friendly deals in the NBA. He is eligible for an extension this offseason.

That extension will be negotiated, in part, by Perry, who weathered some rough early waters with the Knicks and has been rewarded with a multi-year contract.


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