Jon Horst Rumors
Bucks general manager Jon Horst and his wife, Mia, each gave $2,900. Team president Peter Feigin and his wife each contributed $2,900, while Feigin’s brother Daniel contributed $600. Lasry’s immediate and extended family contributed around $100,000 of more than $500,000 raised in the New York metropolitan area, the campaign said.
Eric Nehm: Mike Budenholzer tells us the Bucks still plan to fly to Minnesota this afternoon, but Jon Horst has been in touch with the league about any potential changes to the schedule. The Wolves are about to tip off against the Nets in Minneapolis.
Playmaking—Antetokounmpo is averaging a career-best 6.4 assists—has been an area of growth for Giannis, something team officials attribute to the game continuing to slow down for the 26-year old two-time reigning MVP. “The pace that he is playing at is different,” Bucks GM Jon Horst said in a telephone interview. “He’s playing with more control. He’s picking his spots. That’s the kind of thing you only get through maturity.” Regarding the MVP race, Horst offers the strongest possible endorsement. “He is a better player this year than in the years he won,” says Horst. And while GM-supporting-star is hardly an objective take, there is evidence backing it up. Antetokounmpo is in the top-five in offensive and defensive win shares—only Jokić can claim that—and one of two players (Jokić, again) averaging at least 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
The Bucks had an eight-game winning streak snapped against Boston last week and are once again within shouting distance of the East’s top seed. “We’re not a better team [than last year] on paper,” says Horst. “But I think we are a better team.”
Eric Nehm: Budenholzer: It’s hard to articulate what a great job Jon Horst, the entire front office and ownership have done in building the roster. “Every offseason (Horst) gets things done. In-season, he gets things done.” Referred to Horst as relentless in his pursuit of a better roster.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Bucks were persistent in pursuit of PJ Tucker, and GM’s Jon Horst and Rafael Stone closed on deal this evening. Redirecting draft picks they had exchanged in previous deal was key in getting trade done. Bucks expect a rejuvenated Tucker in contract year to help make run in East.
With seemingly no inclination to spend money and pay the luxury tax and, with GM Jon Horst having virtually mortgaged the team’s future — he dealt three No. 1 picks (all unprotected) to acquire Jrue Holiday, the Bucks options are clearly limited. One player who could come at a small price and help them is Glenn Robinson III, who was recently released by Sacramento and whom the Bucks have shown interest in in the past. “I think he’s a solid player,’’ a player personnel official said of Robinson. “His shot is pretty good; his defense is pretty good. I think he’d be a handy pickup for a team like the Bucks looking for an off-the-bench guy.’’