HoopsHype John Hammond rumors

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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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

May 21, 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. 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

May 17, 2014 Updates

Appearing on The Big 920's Mike Heller Show with Heller and Ted Davis on Friday afternoon, Stein didn't claim to have all the answers on how Lasry and Edens will approach their first summer in charge, but he did offer his best guess on the most pressing question facing the organization ahead of the all-important 2014 draft: "Well it's obviously early in the game, we're just getting to know these guys, although Marc Lasry is a fairly well known person in NBA circles. Not personally by me, but I know a fair few people around the league know him. "The early sense I get, and again I want to stress this is early and by no means binding, but the early sense I get is that I think John Hammond and Larry Drew will have a chance to stay in place and kind of show what they've got. I don't foresee changes between now and the draft, but I think if the coaching carousel that we've seen so far has taught us anything, what might seem like the most reliable rumbles or whispers don't always play out... "I think we have to find out more about the new owners, but at this point the early word going around is don't be surprised if Larry Drew and John Hammond have a chance to stick around and make their case basically." Brew Hoop

February 13, 2014 Updates

Bucks GM John Hammond will choose the player he thinks has the best chance of being a star. Right now it's a three-man race, but sources indicate Hammond loves the skill, size and rapid progression of Embiid. The Cameroon native is new to the game and has tremendous upside. Embiid can help the Bucks on both ends of the court, and while he recently told ESPN.com he might return to school, most feel that he'll be in June's draft. ESPN.com

September 6, 2013 Updates

They arranged a conference call with the two-time NBA All-Star from Racine and wanted to know if he had any reservations about playing for the Bucks. “We were basically telling Caron how bad we wanted him and how it would be a great fit for him,” Hammond said. “At one point in our conversation, Caron stopped me in my tracks and said, ‘You don’t have to convince me. I’m excited about playing for the Bucks. I want to be there.’ “The conversation went on a while and he said, ‘I just have a request, one favor.’ And we said, ‘Sure. What is it?’ “Caron said if we were going to have a presser he would like to have it in Racine. He said, ‘Can we do that?’ And we said, ‘Of course.’ “It just made sense. Racine is home for Caron.” Racine Journal-Times

Butler had barely settled into a home in Scottsdale, Ariz., before the Bucks came calling. He called his mother about the news. To Paden, it was Christmas, New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July all rolled into one. “When he called me and told me he was being traded to the Bucks, I started screaming and shouting and jumping all around the house like a little kid,” Paden said. “My husband (Melvin) said, ‘What’s going on? What’s happening?’ “I told him, ‘Caron is going to play for the Bucks. My baby is coming home. I said, ‘Thank you God in the name of Jesus’ about 20 times. I was so overwhelmed, so blessed.” Racine Journal-Times

September 4, 2013 Updates

General Manager John Hammond announced today that Jim Cleamons, Scott Williams and Josh Oppenheimer will complete Larry Drew’s coaching staff as assistant coaches. They join Bob Bender and Nick Van Exel, who were named to Drew’s coaching staff earlier in the summer. In addition, Scott Barthlama has been named head athletic trainer, Chris McKenzie has been named director of physical therapy and athletic trainer, and Robert Hackett has been named strength and conditioning coach. NBA.com

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