Justin Zanik Rumors
Milwaukee had been planning to promote assistant GM Justin Zanik to run the franchise in 2018 and letting Hammond accept a long-term deal with the Magic clears the way for the promotion to come sooner, league sources told The Vertical. Milwaukee hired Zanik a year ago from the Utah Jazz, where he had worked under GM Dennis Lindsey.
So what is Hammond looking for in this year’s draft, which is expected to be his last as Bucks general manager before assistant GM Justin Zanik takes over next year? “Shooting,” Hammond said. “It’s interesting — I think we’ve said this before — but I think you probably can go around to the other 29 teams in the NBA and you start saying, ‘If we can add one thing, what would it be?’ Most everyone needs shooting. The object of this game is still to put the ball in the basket. If you can put the ball in the basket, even with range, better yet.”