HoopsHype John Hammond rumors

June 17, 2013 Updates

General Manager John Hammond announced today that Bob Bender and Nick Van Exel will join Larry Drew’s staff as assistant coaches for the Milwaukee Bucks. Bender joins the Bucks after nine seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, including the last three with Drew as head coach. Van Exel also worked with Drew as a member of the Hawks staff from 2010-12 as the player development instructor. NBA.com

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The Milwaukee Bucks will begin a search immediately for a new head coach after informing Jim Boylan that he will not be offered a new contract, General Manager John Hammond announced. The decision was made after Hammond met with Boylan Wednesday morning at the Bucks Training Center in St. Francis, Wis. NBA.com

“At this time we feel it’s in the best interest of the organization to seek a new coach to lead our team,” said Hammond. “We appreciate Jim’s efforts not only in his time as head coach, but in his entire tenure as a coach in Milwaukee. On behalf of the Bucks organization, I thank Jim for his five years here and his many contributions on and off the court. We wish Jim and his wife, Jane, the best.” NBA.com

March 8, 2013 Updates

That'll be the summertime decision facing J.J. Redick, Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings. The three-guard rotation has been making noise lately, connecting quickly together for the Bucks. They've each found a way to bond peacefully and elevate the Bucks into playoff territory in the East. They also share something else in common: They can walk in July as free agents. They can enhance the perception of Milwaukee as a nice place to make your name but no place to stay and waste your fame. "It's a tricky situation for us," said John Hammond, the general manager. "It's something we're going to have to work our way through. We'll address it when the time comes and hopefully we'll have some good results." SportsonEarth

But in Milwaukee, Redick would be in a market similar to Orlando, where there wasn't much pressure, and depending on what the Bucks do with the other two, they could make Redick a starter. Which is what he wants, besides money. "We traded for him because we knew he could give us another option in the backcourt, and I would put our trio of guards with a lot of other trios in the NBA," said Hammond. "When you've got a good thing like that, why wouldn't you want to keep it?" SportsonEarth

But Ellis is still aggressive and feisty and not afraid of the big moment, and will only be 28 next season. In the right situation he can average in the high teens and cause migraines for a defense. In that sense, Ellis would make an ideal complimentary scorer to, say, Dirk Nowitzki, or maybe even a perfect sixth man if he'd agree to that role. "He's carried our team, in terms of continuing to compete at a very high level," Hammond said. "He makes us better." SportsonEarth

So it's up to Redick, Ellis and Jennings to make Milwaukee a destination, and also up to Kohl. He almost sold the Bucks to Michael Jordan five years ago. Maybe Kohl's biggest sell is convincing big-name free agents to consider the Bucks. Will any take Kohl's money? They haven't yet. Would you? We'll see in the next few summers. "We have flexibility," Hammond said. "We're not going to have any tax implications. We feel comfortable where we're at. Senator Kohl will do what's necessary to win games." SportsonEarth

January 26, 2013 Updates

General Manager John Hammond wasn’t the only Milwaukee Bucks’ front office official who received a contract extension this week. The Journal Times has learned that Jeff Weltman, the Bucks assistant general manager, also had his contract extended. Weltman’s extension, like that of Hammond, is for three years. Racine Journal-Times

January 23, 2013 Updates

Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond has agreed to a three-year extension worth approximately $5.5 million combined, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The person told USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because the team does not disclose financial terms. The deal comes on the heels of the Bucks' coaching change on Jan. 8, with Scott Skiles leaving and assistant Jim Boylan taking over. Milwaukee has won six of its last eight games and is currently seventh in the Eastern Conference at 22-18. USA Today Sports

January 8, 2013 Updates

Bucks general manager John Hammond confirmed this morning that he is in discussions with team owner Herb Kohl over a contract extension. Hammond spoke to reporters at the BMO Harris Bradley Center to discuss the exit of coach Scott Skiles. Hammond described it as a mutual decision after a meeting Monday and said he did not expect it to happen when he went to work Monday. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

January 6, 2013 Updates

Stephen Jackson on whether he ever confronted Bucks general manager John Hammond about a contract extension: “No, no. I respected John. We talked about it sometimes but I never confronted him about it. There were just some things on my mind that I wanted to talk to him about. I have the utmost respect for John. Actually, I still speak to John. He’s probably the only person from the organization that I still speak to. He’s texted me after a game sometimes. Hopefully, one day I might be working for him.” Racine Journal-Times

November 9, 2012 Updates

"A top-five pick has a 42 percent chance of being an All-Star," added Hammond, referring to a 20-year study of NBA drafts. "In the last few years, we haven't been drafting in the top five. We've been in the 10-through-15 range the last four years, and it's difficult to do it that way. "I hate to say these kinds of things because when you're an NBA general manager and you say we're still trying to figure it out, people say you've got to give me something better than that. But sometimes that is the terminology that is appropriate for what we're going through right now. ... I hate to go to the word luck, but small-market teams still need that luck. You need that lottery ball or that pick to fall your way." SI.com

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