Gerald Madkins Rumors
New York Knickerbockers announced today the hiring of the following front office personnel: Gerald Madkins has been named assistant general manager, Craig Robinson as vice president, player development and G League operations, Harold Ellis as director, player personnel, Michael Arcieri as director, basketball strategy and Fred Cofield as scout. “Last month, the day after I was hired, I started a full evaluation of the entire basketball operations staff,” Knicks General Manager Scott Perry said. “My first goal was to build-up the highest level front office in the NBA. We are adding a host of highly-regarded and respected basketball people to work with the Knicks to fortify the franchise for years to come.”
The move could mean either a diminished role for Clarence Gaines or quite possibly his removal from the organization. Neither would be surprising since Gaines was Phil Jackson’s right hand man and his future with the club has been in question from the moment Jackson was fired as Knicks president last month.
As reported earlier by WPB, Chicago Bulls consultant Jim Paxson interviewed with the Bucks for the position earlier this week. It has also been learned Glen Grunwald and Gerald Madkins are under consideration for the job.
The Los Angeles Clippers today announced that Gerald Madkins has been hired as the team’s Director of Basketball Operations. Directly reporting to newly appointed Vice President of Basketball Operations Gary Sacks, Madkins will work closely with Sacks on all facets of the team’s basketball operations. Madkins joins the Clippers after serving as the Vice President of Player Personnel for the New Orleans Hornets for the past two seasons. In his role with the Hornets, Madkins was responsible for overseeing the scouting staff, salary cap and database management, pro, college, international, and developmental league talent evaluation, as well as assisting the general manager with all front office duties. While in New Orleans, the Hornets drafted Anthony Davis with the first overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft.
In their quest to continue to change the team’s culture, the Clippers have hired highly-thought-of Gerald Madkins to be the team’s director of basketball operations, said NBA executives Friday who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. Madkins, who has worked in the NBA for 10 years, will work in the front office alongside Gary Sacks, who was recently named the Clippers’ general manager.