The new Milwaukee Bucks ownership is now in place after the league approved the purchase by Marc Lasry and Wes Edens. The new regime will be a warm welcome to the city as they attempt to find a new stadium agreement in the coming years. While some changes will be expected within the team, the front office put in place over the past few seasons is expected to stay the same, according to Gery Woelfel of Racine Journal Times.
“I think, on the basketball side right now, John, David and Larry, at least from all the dealings we’ve had, they have been doing a great job,” Lasry said.
Lasry said, “I have a ton of respect for John and David. I think they know their stuff. I would tell you I don’t think that we (he and Edens) know our stuff (about basketball dealings). They are very good and have a phenomenal track record, so that’s no issue for us.”
So they will then be a part of the Bucks next season?
“I think so,” Lasry said. “Absolutely.”
John Hammond has been the Bucks GM since 2008 and the recipient of the NBA Executive of the Year award in 2010. Under Hammond, the Bucks have seen 2 playoff appearances, both being first round exits. Hammond signed an extension through 2016 last January. Larry Drew took the Bucks’ head coaching position after his contract was not extended by the Atlanta Hawks last summer.
Drew led the Bucks to a disappointing season that netted the team a second overall pick in the upcoming draft. Milwaukee’s organization seems confident in the people already in place and the team will be needed all hands on deck as they try and find the perfect fit for the roster of the top prospects in the upcoming draft. Hopefully, the draft choice in June will be the start to a successful era for the new owners and the city of Milwaukee.