Brock Aller Rumors
Scott Perry established himself as an integral part of a front office that included Rose, executive vice president William Wesley and vice president Brock Aller. After a successful 2020-21 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 Knick executives with front office experience, worked well with Rose and Wesley.
Gilbert’s job is to evaluate each level of this organization and determine the best path forward. There’s been dot-connecting when it comes to Knicks executive Brock Aller rejoining the franchise. He started as Gilbert’s personal assistant 16 years ago and climbed the organizational ladder. Clearly respected by Gilbert, Aller would be a logical option if Altman doesn’t remain. Then again, Aller recently sold his Independence home and is about two weeks away from making a full-time move to New York after commuting throughout the season. Aller isn’t angling for anyone’s job. He’s pulling for Cleveland’s current front office to succeed.
While a trade does not seem likely by Thursday’s deadline, according to a source, the Knicks will still have interest if the Cavaliers waive him. Drummond hasn’t played since Feb. 12 as Cleveland sought a trade. The Knicks front office have been split on a Drummond addition. Brock Aller, the team’s chief strategist, was with Cleveland when the Cavaliers acquired Drummond in a trade with Detroit last season.
If the Cleveland Cavaliers move on from general manager Koby Altman this offseason, expect Knicks vice president of strategy Brock Aller to be front and center of their plans. Aller and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert have a longstanding relationship, and the Gilbert family could be aiming to bring him home.
At times, meetings with Thibodeau and Aller grew heated. Thibodeau would even mock Aller and call him “Hinkie” (a reference to Sam Hinkie, architect of the Philadelphia 76ers “Process”). Some around the team found this tussling strange. It’s one thing for a group that’s been together for years to debate the organization’s direction; it’s another to have this kind of philosophical disagreement among new hires brought in by a team president, who, in theory, during interviews would have shared his plan. “Leon’s communication isn’t always great,” a second person with close Knicks ties said. “He can be hands-off.”
There is some internal support at the Garden to adding Miller and/or Woodson on the next coaching staff, regardless of who the head coach is, per league sources. Rose, Wesley, GM Scott Perry and Vice President of Basketball and Strategic Planning Brock Aller have been among the group of Knicks participating in the interviews, per SNY sources.
The Knicks made sweeping changes to their front office this year, in hopes of reversing a two-decade trend of ineptitude. They hired power agent Leon Rose from Creative Artists Agency to become team president. Rose in turn hired William “Worldwide Wes” Wesley, a noted power broker and player confidante, as a top assistant, along with respected front-office veterans Walt Perrin, Brock Aller and Frank Zanin. But their task likely just got tougher, especially when it comes to wooing marquee players. “I think it’s a big black eye on the Knicks as an organization,” said an agent whose firm represents multiple stars, referring to the club’s silence. The agent, who is Black, added, “It will continue to be something that players look down upon, and it further explains why guys like Kevin Durant [passed on the Knicks]. You got all the resources and all the richness of the NBA, and still people don’t want to associate themselves with it.”