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Source: Knicks promote Mills, bring in Perry as GM

The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — A person with knowledge of the details says the New York Knicks have promoted Steve Mills to president and hired Scott Perry to be the general manager.

Mills takes over the position left vacant by Phil Jackson’s departure last month, the person told The Associated Press on Thursday. The person was granted anonymity because no announcement had been made.

Perry was the executive vice president of operations for the Sacramento Kings and previously held front-office roles for other organizations.

Mills returns to the role he held briefly before Jackson was hired in March 2014 and Mills was made his general manager.

Meanwhile, the Knicks and Houston Rockets are still trying to work out a deal involving Carmelo Anthony, though it may take some time — if it happens.

The teams continue to talk about a trade but no deal is imminent, said a person familiar with the situation. The person said Anthony has told the Knicks he would accept a move to the Rockets, but the teams are still trying to find a trade that works for both sides. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the talks between the teams remain private.

Anthony has a no-trade clause and would have to agree to any deal. He has told the Knicks he would waive it to go to Houston or Cleveland.

The Knicks have been trying to trade the All-Star forward, but finding a deal is difficult. Anthony is 33 and still has two years and $54 million remaining on his contract, and teams have been hesitant to engage New York on talks knowing Anthony could block a deal.

Mavs ink German F Kleber

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks have signed another big forward from Dirk Nowitzki’s hometown in Germany.

A week after Nowitzki got a new contract for his 20th season with the Mavericks, the team signed Maxi Kleber, a 25-year-old from Wurzburg, Germany, who played professionally in Europe the past eight seasons.

Kleber averaged 8.9 points and 5.3 rebounds a game last season with Germany’s FC Bayern Munich in 37 Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) games, and averaged 9.7 points and 6.6 rebounds in 17 EuroCup games. The 200-centimeter Kleber has played for the German national team in international competition.

The 39-year-old Nowitzki is set to join Kobe Bryant as the only players to spend 20 seasons with one NBA franchise.Speech

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