With Brock Aller soon to jump from the Cavaliers to become the Knicks’ vice president of strategy, general manager Scott Perry still will plow on in preparing for the NBA draft and is expected to run it — whenever the event takes place.
However, Perry’s long-term future as GM still is not guaranteed with his contract up June 30. The draft is scheduled for June 25 and could remain there if the NBA cancels its season in May.
Though Rose is considering keeping Perry, one NBA source told The Post, “The impression is Leon will do his due diligence.’’
An urgency to make a change, though, is lessened because of the new logistics amid the COVID-19 pandemic, especially with New York the nation’s epicenter.
“The shutdown may have helped everyone — at least temporarily,’’ one NBA source connected to the Knicks said.
Aller, who has been with the Cavaliers since 2014 as a capologist, will have a broader role with the Knicks. He is a financial maven coming in during a financial crisis. NBA teams face a revenue stream that has dried up completely.
NBA sources believe teams will tighten their belts on the size of front-office staffs. Sources have indicated Aller will look to reconfigure and even streamline the Knicks’ massive scouting/basketball operations department.
Michael Arcieri, a Perry hire from Orlando, currently holds the title of director of basketball strategy. Craig Robinson, brought in by former president Steve Mills, also faces an unclear future as the team’s player development/G-League chief. Rose has already gotten rid of David Blatt, a consultant hired by Mills.
Since LeBron James left Cleveland, the Cavaliers’ record is 38-109. However, Aller, a right-hand man of owner Dan Gilbert’s, has a championship ring.
Aller is credited with helping craft the cap room via trades to land James in free agency in 2014. That signing led to four straight Finals appearances for the Cavaliers.
“You got to make it work economically, but you still have to acquire talent to be productive,’’ one Cleveland source told The Post. “[Aller] was in a unique position with unique skill that’s rare in this league. A lot of people say they know the cap, but I see the same teams winning year in, year out. He’s a unique guy. He’s very unassuming but he understands it. Every team should have a guy at his level to manipulate the cap and make it work.’’
As a former agent, Rose has a good handle on the salary cap but, as a rookie team president, has never managed one. Owner James Dolan hired Rose on March 2 despite speculation he would take a run at Toronto’s elite president Masai Ujiri.
Sources indicated Rose is ready to rely on Aller’s expertise in traversing these uncertain times.