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Leon Rose tabs Brock Aller to lead Knicks' strategy, source says

Knicks president Leon Rose watches his team play

Knicks president Leon Rose watches his team play against the Houston Rockets during the first half at Madison Square Garden on Monday, Mar. 2, 2020. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Leon Rose has been silent since taking over early last month as the Knicks' president, but he is expected to make his first front- office move shortly.

A league source confirmed an SNY report that Brock Aller, who has served as Dan Gilbert’s right-hand man in Cleveland with the official title of senior director of basketball operations, is expected to join the Knicks' front office within the next week.

Aller officially joined the Cavaliers in 2013 after working with Gilbert, the Cavs’ chairman and principal owner, for 10 years. He spent four seasons as the team’s senior director, strategic planning before being promoted to his current position in July 2017.

While he does not have a title with the Knicks yet, Aller is expected to be a lead strategist and vice president of basketball strategy. Rose replaced Steve Mills as Knicks president but has not removed any other front-office personnel, and Aller’s arrival does not mean any imminent departures — although the front- office executives who were brought in with general manager Scott Perry have contracts that will expire later this summer.

While Perry’s status remains uncertain, Aller is not expected to be in line for a general manager or assistant general manager role. The Knicks' discussions with Aller were reported in the New York Daily News last month, but with the season shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic, the team has been in a holding pattern.

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