Scott Perry Rumors
One NBA source said the Knicks’ best chance of attracting Lillard’s interest would’ve been signing swingman DeMar DeRozan in the offseason instead of Fournier. Lillard and DeRozan are friends, and Knicks general manager Scott Perry wanted to look closer at that scenario but the team’s top decision-maker, William Wesley, thought DeRozan was closer to being washed up than being an All-Star. DeRozan had four straight games of 35 points or more entering Saturday and will be heading back to the All-Star Game next weekend. With the Knicks in 12th place and five games under .500, they don’t hold the same appeal for Lillard, according to a source, as they did last season, when they were the success story of the NBA.
According to a source, Thibodeau wasn’t high on the Walker signing. The Post has previously reported he wasn’t all-in on the Reddish trade, either. Thibodeau admitted in Denver on Tuesday that he’s not involved until a deal gets close. Word around the league since preseason has been the team’s brass is not on the same page, that there are too man cooks in the kitchen with Rose, William Wesley, Scott Perry and Thibodeau.
There’s been reports Fox, the Kings’ point guard, is on the block because his presence with 2020 lottery pick Tyerse Haliburton is a redundancy. Knicks GM Scott Perry drafted Fox during his short stint in Sacramento after being fired by Orlando. Perry considers the Fox pick one of his top draft moves, according to a source.
Two strong executives expected to be considered for the vacancy are Chicago Bulls general manager Marc Eversley and New York Knicks general manager Scott Perry, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Both are basketball mavens who have been instrumental in building playoff-caliber teams, and each possesses vast relationships with players around the league.
Julius Randle: But as far as myself, I know Thibs (Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau) is thinking (it as well), it’s just win at all costs. For me personally, that’s just how I prepare myself. I prepare myself to compete at the highest level of our game. Like I said, there’s a lot of factors (that go into winning an NBA title). But I trust Leon (Knicks president Leon Rose), I trust Thibs, Wes (Knicks vice president William Wesley), our coaches, Scott (Knicks GM Scott Perry) – all these guys, I trust. That was part of my process in thinking of signing the extension and that’s my goal, that’s our goal as a team and the guys that are around us. We want to be able to say that we won a championship here in New York. I don’t think there’s any better feeling than that.