Knicks hire ex-Nike executive Vince Baldwin as talent evaluator

By: QuotesDp

In moving to replace college scouts Walker Russell and Kristian Petesic, the Knicks added two talent evaluators without making an announcement.

According to an NBA source, the other hire by Knicks president Leon Rose was an out-of-the-box addition in Vince Baldwin

a longtime Nike talent scout who has extensive contacts across his years in the high school and college ranks.

Baldwin also is close with Knicks senior executive William Wesley, who worked unofficially for Rose at Creative Artists Agency helping get Rose’s clients shoe deals. 

While in the shadows, Wesley reportedly aligned himself with Nike but wasn’t on the payroll.

Baldwin and Hardaway were both at this week’s Chicago Draft Combine — Baldwin proudly wearing a black shirt with a Knicks logo

Hardaway, who warred with the Knicks during the 1990s, has yet to be seen in Knicks gear.

Ironically, Russell, who had been with the Knicks since 2005, pushed for the Hardaway pick at No. 24. Russell left the Knicks during training camp to join the Mavericks.

Kentucky point guard TyTy Washington said he didn’t meet with the Knicks in Chicago but believes he will visit for a workout.