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Knicks add NBA Draft expert Walt Perrin for key front office spot

Knicks add NBA Draft expert Walt Perrin for key front office spot

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May 18, 2020 | 3:20pm | Updated May 18, 2020 | 3:31pm

Knicks president Leon Rose will add a solid personnel man in longtime Utah Jazz scout Walt Perrin, who will become assistant GM/college scouting to Scott Perry.

The title was previously held by Gerald Madkins, whose future with the organization is in danger. Madkins’ contract expires in August.

For 19 years, Perrin has been a key college scout with Utah, which is known for its excellence in the NBA Draft. The Jazz’s most recent find was nabbing All-Star Donovan Mitchell at No. 13 in the 2017 NBA Draft. Perrin has drafted five All-Stars in Utah — Mitchell, Gordon Hayward, Rudy Gobert, Paul Millsap and Deron Williams.

Perrin previously worked for the Pistons in the mid-1990’s and early 2000’s, working with Perry. Perry’s contract option for next season was picked up in late April.

Walt Perrin
Walt PerrinAP

“He’s a highly respected scout,” one NBA executive said of Perrin.

Perrin’s last title with Utah was VP of player personnel. The Knicks will likely have three picks in the top 37 of this year’s draft, including two first-rounders.

Perrin was crucial in setting up college workouts for players for the Jazz..

“Walt’s done a great job in Utah and I’m proud of him,” Utah’s director of player personnel David Fredman told The Post. “Walt’s strength is relationships. He’s a people’s person. He knows a lot of coaches in the college fraternity head and assistants. He’s got a great feel for the game. Walt can work with people and upper management.”

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