John Hammond Rumors
The latter is a bit of a guessing game for now, though Hammond also sounded content to roll with the 15 guaranteed contracts currently on the roster, six of which he described as “core” players moving forward. “I expect us to go in with that roster into training camp, with those 15 players.”
John Hammond: “We’re trying to build around some kind of consistenty with the nucleus of Michael Carter-Williams, Khris Middleton, Jabari Parker, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greg Monroe and John Henson. Those six guys are the young core that we look and say that’s kinda the future of this organization, and that’s not discounting anyone else. Other players have to step and become a part of that group with us. But those guys are the group we hope we can build some kind of continuity with.”
Bucks GM John Hammond: “I love the fact that with our roster, I think moving forward, I love the thought of small-ball for us, potentially if there’s ever a matchup situation where you say “they’re going to go small, how do we match up with that,” whoever that team may be, I think you play Giannis Antetokounmpo at center. And he’s 6’11”, so it’s not really small-ball per se, but his ball skills and know-how of how to play will give us the ability to do that and I think that could be a really fun team to watch someday if you do look at small-ball theory.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo: “The Bucks and John Hammond chose me in the draft, got me in the NBA, kept me in the team with a role from my very first season and they are my basketball family. Not only that, but already at this young age, they have enough faith in me as a leader and they are doing everything in order to develop all of my potential. From my side, I feel that I want to be playing in the Bucks. I’m not talking about my next contract. The way I feel now, I want to keep playing for the Milwaukee Bucks for the next 20 years! You never know how life turns out. Three years ago I was thinking that I might be playing for Filathlitikos forever! All of a sudden, the draft emerged, the NBA, the Bucks and everything that followed. I don’t know how I’ll be feeling and thinking in 2, 3 or more years. Right now I feel like I want to play for the Milwaukee Bucks forever.”
The Milwaukee Bucks have signed their first round selection (17th overall) from the 2015 NBA Draft, Rashad Vaughn, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Terms of the contract were not disclosed in accordance with team policy.