HoopsHype Marc Lasry rumors

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Kidd lost a power play in Brooklyn, where he had tried to usurp the power of GM Billy King through ownership, sources said. Kidd had gone to ownership seeking the president of basketball operations title and was denied. It led to Brooklyn allowing him persmission to talk with the Bucks, whose new co-owner, Marc Lasry, has been a longtime financial adviser. Around the NBA, there's a strong belief that Kidd will ascend sooner rather than later to run the Bucks' basketball operations. Milwaukee currently has a general manager, John Hammond, in place. Yahoo! Sports

June 29, 2014 Updates

Kidd's failed push for a promotion that would have put him above Nets general manager Billy King while also keeping him as coach has led to his likely exit, with the Milwaukee Bucks being granted permission to speak with him about a front-office position that was at the root of this unexpected development. One of the Bucks' new owners, Marc Lasry, previously held a stake in the Nets and is known to be close with Kidd, 41 and one season removed from his playing career. USA Today Sports

June 20, 2014 Updates

The Bucks are inching closer to adding several minority owners with Green Bay Packers superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers and former Bucks star Junior Bridgeman among those who have had discussions with Bucks co-owners Marc Lasry and Wes Edens. Craig Leipold, the Minnesota Wild owner from Racine, has been speculated as another possible minority owner although that isn’t likely to happen. Racine Journal-Times

June 2, 2014 Updates

Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry said Friday in a radio interview that he and co-owner Wesley Edens are strongly considering a change in the team's traditional colors of red, green and silver. Lasry did not say what a new color scheme would be but said, "We're definitely looking at doing that (making a change). It does need a little bit of help." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Lasry also said in the WSSP-AM (1250) interview that he is upset there is not more Bucks gear available around the city. "The thing that (ticks) me off is there's no gear," he said. "I wanted to get stuff for friends back home (in New York). I went yesterday (Thursday) to the Bradley Center to get gear. "There are a lot of things we need to do. You're going to see a whole bunch of changes." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

June 1, 2014 Updates

The New York-based investors know they are taking over a team that finished at the bottom of the NBA with a 15-67 record last season. They are taking over a franchise that ranked last in the league in attendance, averaging 13,487 fans. "Our view is we're going to try to do this over the next five years," Lasry said. "We've got the best 23-and-under team, but that's not the way it works." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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There was widespread chatter among Bucks officials and even some NBA executives that Kohl was livid with Hammond and, if he had maintained ownership of the team, would have fired him after the season. But Hammond, the NBA’s Executive of the Year in 2009-2010, is still overseeing the basketball operations and Drew is heavily involved in draft preparations. Thursday, during an informal gathering with a group of media, Lasry and Edens expressed their support for Hammond, Drew and Morway. “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. Racine Journal-Times

Later, when I spoke to Lasry and Edens one-on-one, I asked them if Hammond and Morway would definitively be part of the organization next season. 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.” Racine Journal-Times

When I asked Lasry if former Bucks center and Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had expressed an interest in being part of the ownership group: “I think he wants to get involved.’’ Racine Journal-Times

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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. Grantland

Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond received some support from the team's new ownership group after the lottery drawing Tuesday night. Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry sat in the front row with family members during the lottery telecast, while Hammond and assistant general manager David Morway were a few rows away. Edens said Hammond would continue as the team's general manager for the near future but avoided making a firm commitment in the long term. Hammond has two years remaining on his contract, as does coach Larry Drew, who suffered through a 15-67 finish in his first year with Milwaukee. "This is like Day 3 since we've been the owners of it," Edens said. "We're very focused on the draft and working with these guys closely. "We're very happy to have those guys working with us." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

May 20, 2014 Updates

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. Grantland

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