Perry started last season on shaky ground as a holdover of the Steve Mills regime, but he proved his worth with some of his past moves contributing to the Knicks’ successful turnaround.
Perry was responsible for the Knicks’ core that developed into a playoff contender under coach Tom Thibodeau’s first season.
After Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving spurned them in the 2018 free agency, Perry signed Julius Randle to a team-friendly contract. He was one of three power forwards he signed. Bobby Portis and Marcus Morris were the other two.
Portis went to the Milwaukee Bucks last summer and is now an NBA champion. Perry flipped Morris into a first-round pick that became Immanuel Quickley.
Randle stayed and keyed the Knicks’ surprising playoff run this past season. He blossomed into an All-Star and an All-NBA player and was named the Most Improved Player league.
Perry also stuck his guns during the 2019 NBA Draft as the Knicks stood pat with the third overall pick despite offers to trade down for multiple assets. He selectedÂ RJ Barrett out of Duke.
After a mixed rookie year where he was snubbed from the All-Rookie Team, Barrett bounced back with a strong sophomore season.
Perry also drafted Mitchell Robinson, a second-round pick that proved to be a steal.Â He also signed Reggie Bullock, who had a solid run last season. But he also had his shares of misses, like picking Kevin Knox over Mikal Bridges, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Michael Porter, Jr, and hiring Dave Fizdale over Mike Budenholzer.
ESPN NBA Insider Brian Windhorst reported last May that Perry would likely remain with the Knicks beyond this season.
Perry was initially hired in 2017. He remained with the Knicks when Leon Rose took over for just a one-year extension. It was a move viewed around the league as a stop-gap measure to ease the team’s transition to the Rose regime.
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