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New York Knicks general manager Scott Perry brought in a familiar face in the front office to be his assistant – Gerald Malkins.

When Scott Perry became general manager of the New York Knicks the franchise made it clear that Perry would have at least some freedom to tinker within the basketball operations department. Perry’s vision seems to be taking shape with former Knicks scout Gerald Madkins.

According to Marc Spears of ESPN, Madkins is leaving the Clippers to become the Knicks’ assistant general manager.

Madkins was a Knicks scout in 2003 under Isiah Thomas. He’s been with the Clippers front office since 2012 as director of basketball operations.

Frank Isola of The New York Daily News reports that Perry is also considering bringing in someone to manage the salary cap. Every successful front office has a cap guy, so the Knicks should have one too.

New York appears to be moving in the right direction with their front office hires. The only issue you can have is that they all still answer to Steve Mills, and he’s a James Dolan guy.

With Madkins installed as assistant GM former Knick and Dolan favorite, Alan Houston is out in that role anyway. It doesn’t sound like Perry is done making changes.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.