Knicks hire ex-Nike executive Vince Baldwin as talent evaluator

CHICAGO — Call it a “sneaky hire.”

In shifting to switch faculty scouts Walker Russell and Kristian Petesic, the Knicks added two talent evaluators with out making an announcement.

The Post reported Thursday former Heat rival and 2022 Hall of Famer Tim Hardaway being one of many hires.

According to an NBA supply, the opposite hire by Knicks president Leon Rose was an out-of-the-box addition in Vince Baldwin — a longtime Nike talent scout who has in depth contacts throughout his years in the highschool and faculty ranks.

Baldwin is also shut with Knicks senior executive William Wesley, who labored unofficially for Rose at Creative Artists Agency serving to get Rose’s purchasers shoe offers. While within the shadows, Wesley reportedly aligned himself with Nike however wasn’t on the payroll.

Vince Baldwin and Leon Rose
Vince Baldwin and Leon Rose
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Baldwin and Hardaway have been each at this week’s Chicago Draft Combine — Baldwin proudly sporting a black shirt with a Knicks brand. Hardaway, who warred with the Knicks through the Nineteen Nineties, has but to be seen in Knicks gear.

Hardaway was as soon as overheard telling individuals on the Delta Club on the Garden after his son Tim Hardaway Jr. was drafted by the Knicks in 2013 that he would by no means be caught in a Knicks hat.

Ironically, Russell, who had been with the Knicks since 2005, pushed for the Hardaway choose at No. 24. Russell left the Knicks throughout coaching camp to affix the Mavericks.

Petesic, a favourite of Phil Jackson, was let go and has resurfaced at Mike Miller’s company as a scouting director. Miller reps projected top-3 choose Paolo Banchero (Duke).

On Friday, throughout mix exercises, Rose and Wesley have been nowhere to be discovered at Chicago’s Wintrust Arena. Coach Tom Thibodeau sat with new Knicks marketing consultant Gersson Rosas for 4 straight hours with out leaving his seat, viewing largely late first-round/second-round and draft-bubble candidates.

They have been later joined later by Knicks GM Scott Perry. Assistant GMs Walter Perrin and Frank Zanin have been additionally close by within the stands. Meanwhile, Knicks assistant coach Darren Erman was one of many teaching volunteers through the week of video games.

The Knicks contingent will probably be on the Pro Day Saturday for Excel to observe Johnny Davis, the two-way capturing guard from Wisconsin within the Knicks’ vary at No. 11. Also figuring out for Jeff Schwartz’s secure is former Mets GM Omar Minaya’s son, Justin, who performed at Providence.

One noticeable front-office absence was personnel director Makhtar N’Diaye, who’s in Serbia for the Euroleague Final Four to scout the Knicks’ 2021 second-round choose, level guard Rokas Jokubaitis, who performs for Barcelona.

Real Madrid beat Barcelona, 86-83, on Thursday. Jokubaitis was held to 10 minutes, scoring 4 factors with no assists in one in every of his worst outings. Barcelona will play within the comfort recreation Saturday vs. Olympiacos. The Post reported final week the Knicks are closely leaning towards permitting the Lithuanian lefty to stick with Barcelona for another season to shine his recreation and get stronger and isn’t anticipated at Las Vegas summer season league.

Kentucky level guard TyTy Washington mentioned he didn’t meet with the Knicks in Chicago however believes he’ll go to for a exercise.

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