Reports indicate CAA Agent Leon Rose is expected to become New York’s President of Basketball Operations, bringing William Wesley of CAA along with him.
With fewer than five hours to go before the NBA trade deadline, the Knicks appear well on their way to remolding their front office. In the wake of Tuesday’s departure of Steve Mills, CAA Basketball agent and attorney Leon Rose has reportedly been tapped to become New York’s President of Basketball Operations.
SNY’s Ian Begley had the scoop first, citing interest between Rose and the Knicks.
CAA’s Leon Rose is among candidates who have been under consideration for the Knicks presidency, per SNY sources.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) February 6, 2020
Shams Charania confirms the two parties have neared a deal. William Wesley, another high profile consultant from CAA, will join Rose in a role with basketball operations. Reports indicate a deal is expected to be crafted and finalized in the wake of today’s trade deadline.
Rose, a New Jersey native, has long been among the highest profile agents in the NBA. His clientele includes potential Knicks draft target LaMelo Ball, stars such as Karl Anthony Towns, Joel Embiid, and Devin Booker, and formerly Lakers star LeBron James. Rose is also connected to coaches Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, and Tom Thibodeau, Frank Isola of The Athletic adds.
By nabbing Rose, New York joins the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers in hiring respected player agent talent for top front office spots, with Rob Pelinka leading the Lakers and Bob Myers at the top of the Warriors’ front office.
Knicks general manager Scott Perry continues to oversee basketball operations following Mills’ departure. While Rose may not have direct input on the team’s free agency moves as the trade deadline closes, he will presumably play a vital role in hiring New York’s next head coach.