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Kings hire Scott Perry as Executive VP of Basketball Operations

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Perry has previously worked with the Pistons, Sonics and Magic. He’ll essentially be Vlade’s right-hand man.

Following yesterday’s hire of Luke Bornn as Vice President of Strategy and Analytics, the Kings will further be adding to their front office by hiring Scott Perry as an Executive Vice President per Adrian Wojnarowski.

NBCSN’s James Ham has also confirmed this news.

Perry was let go by the Magic along with General Manager Rob Hennigan after the season concluded. Perry had been with the Magic for five seasons but his experience in NBA front offices goes far beyond that. After a short head coaching career at Eastern Kentucky, he was hired to the Pistons front office in 2000 and was with the Pistons for the duration of their run atop the Eastern Conference. He joined the Seattle Supersonics in 2007 as Assistant GM but did not go with the team to Oklahoma City. Instead he went back to Detroit where he served as Vice President of Basketball Operations for 4 years before joining the Magic in 2012.

According to Wojnarowski, Perry will have a big role in Sacramento’s front office, with Vlade Divac being the only person above him.

USA Today’s Sam Amick added this:

Fans have been clamoring for the Kings to add some experienced front office support for Vlade Divac for a while now, and Perry seems to fit the bill. With the Perry and Bornn hires, as well as the news that Bornn will be adding more guys to his analytics department in the coming weeks, the Kings seem to be making good strides towards adding some stability and depth to their basketball operations team.

The Kings have yet to make Perry’s hire official, but we will keep you up to date with any news.

UPDATE 12:45 P.M.:

The Kings have made it official.

Sacramento, CA ---- The Sacramento Kings today hired Scott Perry as Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations, according to General Manager Vlade Divac. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Perry will report directly to Divac and assist in all aspects of the day-to-day operation of the Kings front office, including roster management and development, player personnel matters, scouting strategy and free agency negotiations.

“I'm thrilled that Scott will be joining our front office team,” said Divac. “His extensive experience in the league and management talents will help build on our progress as we work to develop a winning franchise.”

Perry joins Sacramento’s front office after serving the last five seasons in a similar capacity with the Orlando Magic. Prior to his time in central Florida, Perry spent parts of 12 seasons with the Pistons as a collegiate scout (2000-02), director of player personnel (2002-2007) and later as Vice President of Basketball Operations (2008-12). Detroit reached the Eastern Conference Finals on six occasions (2003-08), made consecutive appearances in the NBA Finals (2004 and 2005) and won the NBA Title in 2004 during Perry’s tenure. He also served as the Seattle Supersonics assistant general manager in the 2007-08 season, during which the franchise drafted Kevin Durant No. 2 overall.

Before entering the NBA executive ranks, Perry spent three seasons as head basketball coach at Eastern Kentucky University (1997-2000) and nine years as an assistant coach at the University of Michigan, UC Berkeley and Detroit Mercy.

The former Wayne State University Warrior was a captain and all-conference player his senior season (1986). He also suited up for the University of Oregon as a freshman after being recruited by NBA coach Jim O’Brien and former NBA executive Stu Jackson.

Perry and his wife, Kim, have one daughter, Chelsea (22). His father Lowell earned distinction as an All-American football player at Michigan in 1951 and after a professional career was deferred due to military service in the United States Air Force, he joined the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1956. A serious injury early in the season ended his playing days but after a 13-week recovery process, the Steelers hired him as the first African American coach in the NFL since Fritz Pollard in 1921.