Knicks Hire Jazz's Walt Perrin as Assistant GM

John Healy
May 18, 2020 - 4:35 pm

The New York Knicks have tabbed Utah Jazz vice president of player personnel Walt Perrin as the assistant general manager, according to NBA Insider Shams Charania.

Perrin, who has worked with the Jazz for 19 years, will work directly with new team president Leon Rose and general manager Scott Perry, whom Rose decided last month to bring back on a one-year deal.

With Perry signed for only one more year, the hire sets up Perrin as a potential replacement, or at least the frontrunner, should Rose decide to part ways with the GM hired by Steve Mills.

Since Rose was officially hired by the Knicks in March, he has also brought in Brock Aller – the Cleveland Cavaliers’ capologist – to become the Knicks’ vice president of strategy.

The Knicks are in the midst of a rebuild, and are reportedly more interested in using their assets to make a trade for a star rather than sign one in free agency.

The Knicks are also currently a lottery team, with the sixth-worst record in the NBA. The lottery has been indefinitely postponed as the league continues to figure out its plans on how, or if, it can resume the season amid the coronavirus pandemic.