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Don't expect Leon Rose to come in and make immediate changes to the front office.
Several people briefed on the matter said Rose will take some time to evaluate the existing Knicks staff before making any decisions on who to keep and who to let go from the current regime.
Rose is expected to be officially named team president sometime this week. The New York Times reported that Rose will take over unofficially on Sunday.
The Knicks have two first-round picks and an early second-round pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, so the scouts/evaluators working ahead of the draft for New York will be crucial.
It's unclear if acting team president Scott Perry will be retained, but it's worth noting that Perry and Rose have a history of working together in an agent/executive capacity over the years.
The Daily News reported that Allan Houston, who is currently an assistant to the GM, is a candidate for a promotion under Rose.
Houston is close to Knicks owner James Dolan and has a relationship with Rose and William Wesley, Rose's longtime business partner.
Houston also has recently spent time regularly around the players, traveling with the team and, per sources, spending time in the locker room. This is perhaps an indication that Houston will remain in the organization under Rose and have an elevated role.
It will be interesting to see how many members of the Knicks' current executive team remain.
Perry added several executives when he was hired in 2017. Others had been in place under Mills and previous regimes. Rose has relationships with several of the current executives outside of Perry.
The Knicks, as you know, haven't had much success over the last 20 years, though. They're well on their way to a sixth consecutive season of at least 50-plus losses.
Just how much of that is the fault of the execs/scouts who have worked under the top basketball decision maker of those teams? That's something Rose will have to decide. And he'll take some time to make those decisions.