Perry plans to explore other options when his contract ends this offseason, according to reports. His departure will end a six-year tenure at the New York front office, a period of stability for a franchise that has seen little in recent decades. It’s unclear from reports if Perry and the Knicks have discussed extending his contract.
Perry joined the Knicks from the Sacramento Kings in 2017 under former team president Steve Mills. He stayed on when Leon Rose took over from a dismissed Mills in 2020 and signed a contract extension in 2021.
When Perry took the job in 2017, the Knicks had failed to produce 40 wins for four consecutive seasons. He has overseen the transition since the end of the Carmelo Anthony era in 2017 and the moves that ultimately led to New York’s return to the playoffs. The Knicks failed to produce 30 wins in Perry’s first three seasons, but have made the playoffs in two of the three seasons since.
The Knicks finished 47-35 this season, their best record since 2012-13. They also won their first playoff series since that same season with a first-round win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
With Perry as general manager, the Knicks traded Kristaps Porzingis hoping to land a superstar with his contract space during the 2019 offseason. They failed to do so, but signed Julius Randle, who became two times All-Star during his four years in New York.
The Knicks drafted RJ Barrett, Mitchell Robinson and Immanuel Quickley and traded draft rights to Quentin Grimes under Perry’s watch. All contributed to this season’s playoff run. They also spent the 2018 No. 9 pick on Kevin Knox, who the Knicks traded four seasons later with a first-round pick as part of a deal to acquire Cam Reddish. The Knicks eventually traded Reddish as part of a deal to acquire Josh Hart before this season’s trade deadline.
The Knicks have no selection in the next draft, but have stockpiled four additional first-round picks in addition to their own over the next six drafts.