HoopsHype John Hammond rumors

August 19, 2012 Updates

Jennings knows there will be plenty of pressure to win this season, particularly with coach Scott Skiles and general manager John Hammond in the final year of contracts. And the Bucks are coming off a 31-35 finish during the lockout-shortened season, marking a second straight season missing the playoffs. "To be honest, I think everybody is (feeling pressure)," Jennings said. "We’re all on the bubble right now, because we need to win. There’s going to be a lot of pressure on all of us, not just the coaching staff or the GM. We all know this could be it so we need to turn it around right now." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

August 9, 2012 Updates

Veteran Joel Przybilla, officially signed Thursday by the Bucks, said a lunch meeting he had last week with general manager John Hammond and coach Scott Skiles helped sway his decision. "You can tell when someone wants you to be part of something special," the 32-year-old center said. "I think it's going to be a very good team. If some nights I don't play, I'm willing to accept that. We have a lot of young bigs and I can help teach the game at this point in my career." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

August 3, 2012 Updates

Bill McCandless, Pietrus’ agent, said his client is drawing consideration from several teams. McCandless confirmed he and Bucks general manager John Hammond have had exploratory talks. “We talked about 10 to 14 days ago,” McCandless said. “We’re waiting to see what happens. Mickael would be interested in playing for Milwaukee, absolutely.” Racine Journal-Times

July 22, 2012 Updates

Carlos Delfino: "Sometimes you expect not to be rewarded, but to be recognized for your effort, playing through injury and doing things for the group... When that doesn't happen, I don't say that I feel betrayed, but I feel overlooked. Even though it's a business, I think the general manager should have maintained the personal relationship and put value on other things aside from a contract. As a veteran player, I thought it was always good to play no matter what [despite the injuries] and so far it has only played to my disadvantage." HoopsHype

July 1, 2012 Updates
June 27, 2012 Updates

Pro basketball is a business and players get traded with regularity. In fact, Bucks general manager John Hammond made a June trade for the fifth consecutive year on Wednesday. But he admitted it was tough to tell second-year forward and former Wisconsin star Jon Leuer that he was part of the deal that brought center Samuel Dalembert to the Bucks. "We had no intention of moving Jon," Hammond said. "The only reason we did it was because it was the only way to make the salary structure work to complete the deal." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

The Bucks needed the salaries of Leuer, Jon Brockman and Shaun Livingston to be within a certain range of the $6.7 million owed to Dalembert in the final year of his contract. Livingston was to make $3.5 million next season on a team option, Brockman was to make $1 million and Leuer $762,000. "I'm always concerned about moving quality people," Hammond said. "When I talked to him (Leuer) on the phone I was apologetic. It really did hurt to make that call" Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

June 26, 2012 Updates
June 13, 2012 Updates

Spurs assistant general manager Dennis Lindsey is being considered for the job, a league source said, as is Milwaukee general manager John Hammond. Hammond is in the final year of his contract. Philadelphia Inquirer

June 12, 2012 Updates

Another serious candidate with ties to Collins could be Milwaukee Bucks GM John Hammond, sources said. They have a working history together, and there’s a belief that Hammond’s even personality could co-exist with Collins. Nevertheless, Hammond is under contract with the Bucks, and there’s no indication he has interest leaving Milwaukee. Yahoo! Sports

Potential candidates, according to league sources, include San Antonio vice president of operations Danny Ferry; Spurs assistant GM Dennis Lindsey; Jeff Bower, who was a general manager for the New Orleans Hornets; Oklahoma City assistant GM Troy Weaver; Atlanta GM Rick Sund, whose contract expires at the end of June; and Milwaukee GM John Hammond, who has a year remaining on his deal. Hammond, who was denied permission to talk to Portland last month, was an assistant coach for Doug Collins with Detroit. The Sixers' interview group consists of owner Josh Harris, CEO Adam Aron, Collins and Thorn, a source said. Philadelphia Inquirer

May 6, 2012 Updates

Bucks general manager John Hammond, who was a finalist for the Blazers' job in 2003 before it went to John Nash, was a Blazers candidate again this time around. But numerous front-office sources said the Bucks, who were a disappointing 31-35 this season, refused Portland permission to speak with Hammond recently. A Bucks official could not clarify whether that was the case and Miller declined to comment on the matter when reached Friday, but indications are that Hammond will remain in Milwaukee at least one more season with coach Scott Skiles (both have one season left on their contracts). SI.com

May 5, 2012 Updates

Hammond said he was comfortable with the contract situation, working in the final year of a deal extended in October 2010. Both Hammond and Skiles received four-year deals when they were hired in April 2008 and had the deals extended after the Bucks reached the playoffs in 2010. "I worked for the first half of my life without a contract," Hammond said. "I didn't even know what a contract was, really, until I came in the NBA. It's a part of what we do. "It's like the senator said. Most of us go to work every day and have a job to do, and we do it day to day, week to week and surely year to year. I would approach it the same way. "And I'm going to go back to it again. I'm going to repeat this a few more times over the next few months. We all have to get better, and it's going to start with me." Hammond was named the NBA executive of the year for th Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

May 4, 2012 Updates

But the Bucks owner said he is confident the team can take the steps necessary to become a playoff team. Milwaukee finished the past season with a 31-35 record and was eliminated from playoff contention in the final week. "Scott is one of the best coaches in the league, and I'm very pleased he's going to be with us next year," Kohl said at the team's Cousins Center training facility. "It's true about John Hammond. It's an outstanding team, I believe. "This is a results kind of business we're in, and you measure at some point, we all do, we measure ourselves by our results. We were supposed to be in the playoffs. We didn't get there. We should still be playing. We're not still playing. "So if you want to know whether or not we're happy, no we're not happy. Why should we be happy? But we're planning for next year, and I think with this continuity and the ability of Scott and John, as well as the staff and our players, there's a lot to be enthusiastic about. "And it's on that basis that we're going forward." Kohl said "we're looking for good and great results and a long and happy relationship." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

April 28, 2012 Updates

Bucks general manager John Hammond said that will be a priority during the off-season as the team approaches the June draft, free agency and possible trades. "You talk about the Brandon-Monta combination; it's an extremely young backcourt," Hammond said. "I think they're both willing passers, and they both also have the ability to score. "Is the size a factor for us? Of course it is. It makes it difficult for Monta. If you're going to go with the old theory, one of the best ways to keep a great scorer occupied is to keep him occupied on the defensive end of the floor, wear him down defensively." He (Ellis) is a 20-point scorer at the 2 guard spot, but a lot of times he's guarding similar-type players and they're bigger than him. So if you look at the needs of our team, if there's an opportunity to get more size in the backcourt, that possibly could help us." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

April 27, 2012 Updates

It’s no secret that Bucks coach Scott Skiles is on the hot seat. A report circulated that Skiles, who has one year remaining on his contract for nearly $5 million, is interested in reaching a buyout with Bucks owner Herb Kohl. Skiles and Bucks general manager John Hammond wouldn’t comment on the matter. But Keith Glass, Skiles’ representative, told me Thursday afternoon, “That’s news to me. I haven’t talked to anyone about that. I’d be surprised if that was true.” Racine Journal-Times

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