In smart move, Kings add Scott Perry, formerly of Orlando, to front office
When Rob Hennigan was fired as the man in charge of the Orlando Magic right after the season, Scott Perry — his assistant GM — was let go as well. That surprised people around the league. While the Magic saw Perry as part of the problem in creating too soft a culture in Orlando, outside the organization people didn’t see it that way (for example, Perry wanted to pull the trigger on a potential DeMarcus Cousins trade, it was Hennigan who did not).
Perry has found a new job with the Sacramento Kings, a story broken by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and since confirmed by Sacramento.
Perry will join Kings as Executive VP and work closely w/ Vlade Divac, league sources said. Perry spent past 5 years as Magic assistant GM.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 21, 2017
Sources: Perry will largely execute the duties of a GM w/ Kings, but Divac will keep final say. Perry has strong relationships thru NBA.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 21, 2017
Perry was part of an NBA championship with Joe Dumars' staff in Detroit and worked under Sam Presti with Sonics/Thunder.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 21, 2017
Sam Amick of the USA Today added this.
Kings' chain-of-command, I'm told, now 1) Vlade, 2) Perry, 3) Asst. GM Ken Catanella. Scott's a really good pickup. Strong NBA relationships— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) April 21, 2017
How successful Perry can be in a culture other teams see as toxic — and the results do not prove otherwise — remains to be seen. That said, he’s a smart, steady, well trusted voice, which is exactly what the Kings need.
With the trade of Cousins, the Kings are a rebuilding team, which takes patience and a long-term plan (plus a little luck). Perry might well provide that. If he gets the chance.