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Hammond said league officials are keeping Bucks officials updated on Larry Sanders, who still is serving a drug suspension without pay. The center has missed 12 games under the suspension for his fourth failed marijuana test. "We'll continue to look at that as we move forward," Hammond said. "Nothing is determined yet. We will just continue to follow the progress." Sanders already has forfeited $1.2 million of his $11 million salary due to the suspension. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

General manager John Hammond made it clear Tuesday that the team's promising future will not be compromised for current gain, however. "Look, the big picture for us is becoming a championship-caliber organization," Hammond said at the team's training center. "For us to get short-sighted and say, 'Let's try to win today' and replacing any thought of moving forward into the future, I think we're all aware that's not who we want to be. Anything we're looking at today is still hopefully going to be focused on acquiring a piece or talking about adding pieces that can be long-term players for this organization." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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The Milwaukee Bucks have signed forward/center Kenyon Martin for the remainder of the 2014-15 season, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Martin has appeared in eight games for the Bucks this season and averaged 1.3 points and 1.1 rebounds in 5.9 minutes per game. Martin signed his initial 10-day contract with the Bucks on Jan. 9, and was signed to a second 10-day deal on Jan. 19. NBA.com

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Bucks General Manager John Hammond sensed from his first encounter with Parker that the player’s desire to be special, plus his support system, separated him from other rookies. “He came in for his press conference and I’m sitting there next to him and I’m thinking, ‘Is this guy 19 or 29?’ Because he had that kind of poise, that kind of maturity about him already,” Hammond said. Washington Post

December 12, 2014 Updates

Of course, there are obvious pitfalls. Ownership could cede too much control to Kidd, who had zero input on personnel decisions in Brooklyn last season and, according to sources, didn’t seem at all interested in any. Hammond has taken some heat in recent years, but he is widely respected and has a strong track record in the draft (hello, Giannis), where Milwaukee will need to continue to land quality players. Lasrys wants consensus with big decisions, but ultimately Hammond’s voice should carry the most weight. Kidd’s job should be to coach a team freckled with promising players. Sports Illustrated

October 16, 2014 Updates

General Manager John Hammond announced today that the Milwaukee Bucks have requested waivers on Chris Wright and Elijah Millsap. Wright, 26, appeared in eight games for the Bucks in 2013-14 and averaged 6.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. He also played in 41 games for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA D-League last season and earned an All-Star berth with his 19.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.4 blocks per game. Wright did not appear in a 2014 preseason game for the Bucks. NBA.com

August 26, 2014 Updates

Word leaked out that the Nets had given permission to Milwaukee to speak to Kidd, without the knowledge of either Bucks general manager John Hammond or Drew. Kidd was signed to a three-year, $15 million contract a few days later. "From their (the owners') standpoint, there's no set time for these type of things," Drew said in an interview with the Journal Sentinel. "It caught me in a position when I least expected it. But I know how these things work. I don't have any hard feelings, any grudges against anybody. "Marc (Lasry) called me and I just wished him luck. I've got to keep moving forward." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

July 23, 2014 Updates

They could get a steal at a veteran's minimum salary (around $915,000) if Marshall can continue his upward trend. "He got a great opportunity with the Lakers and made the most of that," Bucks general manager John Hammond said. "When he describes himself as a pass-first guard, that's close to an understatement. "He has tremendous vision, similar to the coach he's playing for. He can throw over the top to bigs, he can throw ahead in transition and he also can penetrate and break down a defense." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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Kidd has been characterized as a ruthless opportunist for this and other episodes during his two decades in the NBA. But something that Bucks general manager John Hammond said at one point from the BMO Harris Bradley Center stage got my attention. "We want to win and we want to win big," Hammond said, with Kidd seated to his right. "Our goal is to put a team on this floor that becomes a championship team. That's why we're here." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

June 30, 2014 Updates

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

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