Clarence Gaines Rumors
Knicks general manager Scott Perry did not draft Dotson. Though president Steve Mills was GM for the 2017 draft, the Dotson pick at No. 44 was spearheaded by former president Phil Jackson and his top adviser, Clarence Gaines, according to sources. Dotson did not play in the season’s first two games and only got into a contest when Kevin Knox went down with a severe ankle sprain in the third game. Dotson proceeded to make 11 straight effective starts before being demoted in a lineup shake-up Nov. 14.
Ian Begley: Ex-Knicks exec/scout Clarence Gaines Jr. is unsurprised by the Carmelo Anthony situation in Houston. Gaines, of course, was a key voice in a Knicks front office that gave Anthony a five-year max contract with a no-trade clause in 2014.
Ian Begley: Mario Hezonja uses an emoji to respond to ex-Knicks exec/scout Clarence Gaines Jr.’s analysis of NYK-BOS, in which Gaines Jr. calls Hezonja a ‘huge liability’ on defense. Gaines Jr. was close with ex-Knicks president Phil Jackson.
Clarence Gaines Jr., Phil Jackson’s former right-hand man as Knicks special adviser, went on a Twitter attack again Sunday morning, this time going after team president Steve Mills’ and GM Scott Perry’s decision to sign Mario Hezonja as a free agent following the Knicks’ final-second loss to the Celtics. Knox suffered a left-ankle sprain late in the first quarter. Hezonja played just nine minutes despite the injury. “If you’re a @nyknicks fan & wondering why @mariohezonja couldn’t EARN court time vs @celtics with @KevKnox going down it’s because he’s a huge liability as an individual defender,” Gaines wrote. “He couldn’t match the toughness or athleticism of the C’s wings. Love how @wholeteamDot competed.”
Knicks scout Clarence Gaines Jr., who was a close adviser of ex-NYK President Phil Jackson, will not be back with the organization next season, league sources confirmed. Gaines Jr. was hired by Jackson in 2014 and served under Jackson as a Vice President of Player Personnel. His role shifted to that of a scout this season after Jackson was fired. Jackson said Gaines was instrumental in convincing him to draft Kristaps Porzingis in 2015
Many people in the organization saw Gaines and Jackson’s most trusted adviser during his tenure as president, which included three 50-loss seasons and external turmoil. It is unclear exactly why Gaines won’t return, though it’s worth noting he did not have strong ties to GM Scott Perry, who has made several new additions to the front office. Several people in the organization speculated that Gaines would not remain with the Knicks after this season once Perry and Mills began to shape the front office. Gaines’ status with the Knicks was first reported by The Athletic.
Though Mills was GM and scouted Ntilikina in France, the final decision on drafting Ntilikina was Jackson’s, with his trusted adviser Clarence Gaines Jr., with the triangle partly in mind. “We’re committed to him and his development,’’ Mills said. “What we’re trying to do with this team, it centers around guys like Frank, Kristaps Porzingis, draft picks moving forward.”