New Knicks prez Leon Rose’s first move is inching towards bringing Cavs capologist Brock Aller on board New York’s revamped front office.

The New York Knicks are moving to make Cleveland Cavaliers executive Brock Aller the Atlantic Division franchise’s new “capologist.” Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News first reported that New York was interested in Aller and ESPN’s Frank Isola reported on Tuesday afternoon that both sides are close to an agreement.

Per Bondy, the Knicks asked the Cavaliers for permission to interview Aller before the NBA suspended the season due to the coronavirus outbreak and that they “made him an offer to become assistant GM and negotiations were ongoing.”

Aller has been with the Cavaliers for 15 years and has served as the team’s senior director of basketball operations since 2017. Since Aller’s promotion, the Cavaliers have been rebuilding. The team has begun rebuilding through the draft, finding solid young players in Collin Sexton, Darius Garland, and Kevin Porter Jr. The Cavs have multiple first-round picks in 2021 and 2022, too. Cleveland also traded for potentially expiring All-Star center Andre Drummond from the Detroit Pistons at the NBA’s trade deadline in February. Aller has been in the Cavs’ front office prior to current GM Koby Altman’s ascension in his present role.

At the moment, there have been no reports suggesting Scott Perry, New York’s current GM, is going anywhere. Marc Berman of the New York Post said “it’s a good bet” that Perry will remain with the Knicks at least until after the 2020 NBA Draft. Perry was brought on by now-former team president Steve Mills, who was reassigned in the Madison Square Garden Company’s organization, owner of the Knicks, away from basketball operations. Since Knicks President Leon Rose stepped into his role as president in early March, though, Perry has not gone anywhere.

Rose is also reportedly interested in bringing in Sixers GM Elton Brand and Knicks executive Allan Houston, the latter of whom has spent time in the organization since 2008 following his playing days retirement in 2005.


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