The Milwaukee Bucks just suffered through one of the worst seasons in franchise history. While many fans were finally glad to bottom out instead of suffering though another season in “NBA hell,” it only happened because many moves that GM John Hammond made fell through.
With the Bucks changing owners this summer, the future of Hammond as GM of the Bucks is apparently uncertain.
From Zach Lowe’s post on Grantland this morning.
The futures of Hammond and Morway are uncertain after the recent sale of the team to finance executives Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry, and the new owners have at least held initial discussions about possible replacements, per sources around the league. But the growing consensus is that the current front office will have another year to make this lottery pick and hope the nucleus it’s put in place begins to perform.
But this is one of two jobs all the lurking GM candidates are watching — a group that includes all the names that are always mentioned, plus wild cards like Bryan Colangelo, who would be open to returning to a GM position, per several league sources.
Partly due to former owner Herb Kohl’s demand that the team stay relevant, Hammond has been unable to guide the Bucks back to the playoff success they achieved in the early 2000s. With a huge draft coming up, the Bucks’ future could be very bright, with Giannis Antetokounmpo showing a lot of promise in his rookie season.
As Lowe states, this is probably Hammond’s last chance to show the team is at least moving in the right direction under his leadership.