However unorthodox, Knicks president Leon Rose has “upgraded’’ his basketball operations staff, according to multiple NBA sources.
Rose decided to pick up the option on GM Scott Perry for next season but surprisingly is not expected to retain Perry’s two major scouting hires from 2017 — assistant GM Gerald Madkins and pro player personnel director Harold Ellis.
The contracts for Madkins, their college-scouting chief, and Ellis expire in August.
Their jobs have been replaced this week with Rose adding longtime Jazz college scout, Walt Perrin and former Nets assistant GM, Frank Zanin, who arrives from Oklahoma City.
Perrin will run college scouting, while Zanin handles pro scouting. For a rookie president who comes from the agent world, Rose has surrounded himself with two key basketball birddogs.
In Rose’s defense, the awkwardness goes along with awkward times. The 2020 NBA Draft is expected to be postponed from its planned June 25 date — and there’s no telling whether a draft combine will be staged as the coronavirus pandemic drags on.