Brock Aller, a longtime fixture for Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, is close to joining president Leon Rose in the Knicks front office as executive vice president of basketball strategy, according to an NBA source.
Aller was financial planner/capologist with Cleveland, but a source said he’ll be “more than a capologist’’ under Rose. However, Aller is not the GM — a basketball-intensive position that remains up in the air.
Another person familiar with the situation said Aller would be regarded as sort of a “chief of staff’’ who would aid Rose in future hirings such as GM and in running finances.
It is unclear how the revenue losses stemming from the season’s suspension and possible cancellation will affect the front-office maneuverings. One source said hiring could be impacted and some contracts will not be renewed.
Aller has been with Gilbert for 12 years as a right-hand man, but only since 2014 in basketball operations. He was part of the management team that helped the Cavaliers end their championship jinx in 2016.
Aller was promoted to Cavs capologist in 2017 and is considered a Gilbert favorite.
“He’s probably one of the finer capologists in the league,” Gilbert said in 2017. “He knows more about the cap than probably PricewaterhouseCoopers knows about the IRS code. He lives with the cap, with the collective bargaining agreement. He comes up with ideas on things that the league has never heard of, they have to go into their committees to check if it’s OK or not. He’s sort of a savant with this.”
Scott Perry is the Knicks’ acting GM and could be retained in that role even though his contract expires June 30. The Knicks’ current capologist is Michael Arciero, who was brought in from Orlando with Perry.
Perry’s other scouts — assistant GM Gerald Madkins, personnel Harold Ellis and scout Fred Cofield — could face a shaky future.
As first reported by The Post, the Knicks last week did not renew the contract of consultant David Blatt, who worked with Aller in Cleveland.
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