Perry needed permission to interview with the Knicks on Thursday by the Kings, who according to USA Today are receiving cash and a 2019 second-round pick from New York in return.
“The Kings are forging a strong future for themselves, and while this was a tough decision, I could not pass up a promotion to become the General Manager of the New York Knicks and chance to be near my daughter in New York,” Perry said in a statement released by the Kings on Friday.
Perry, who has never served as a GM, slides into Steve Mills’ job, as the longtime Knicks exec takes over Phil Jackson’s role as team president, which the Daily News reported on Thursday.
The Knicks also made the Mills news official Friday. Jackson’s failed three-year tenure ended two weeks ago when he was fired by team owner James Dolan.
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