Bucks' former GM John Hammond takes job in Orlando

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Associated Press
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

MILWAUKEE--The Milwaukee Bucks are praising former general John Hammond after he left to take the GM job with the Orlando Magic.

The Bucks owners said Tuesday in a statement that Hammond was an “incredible asset” and “true professional” during his nine-year run as general manager in Milwaukee. They say Hammond had a keen eye for talent and relentless drive to build the organization.

“John Hammond has been an incredible asset to the Bucks organization these last nine years and a true professional in every sense of the word,” Bucks ownership said in a release. “His keen eye for talent and relentless drive to build one of the finest teams in the league has helped the Bucks become a championship-caliber organization on and off the court. We wish John and his family nothing but the best in Orlando.

“We remain very excited about the prospects of our team and anticipate further announcements about the front office staff to be made in the near future.”

Hammond will receive a five-year contract with the Magic, The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported.

“We are very excited to join Jeff (Weltman) and be part of the team in Orlando,” Hammond said in a release from Orlando. “The Magic are a first-class organization all the way around and we look forward to this tremendous opportunity. I want to thank the ownership in Milwaukee, Wes Edens, Marc Lasry and Jamie Dinan, for their support and I certainly wish them well.”

Perhaps the top highlight in Hammond’s tenure was the selection of Giannis Antetokounmpo in the first round of the 2013 draft. Antetokounmpo has turned into an NBA All-Star.

The Bucks say they will make announcements about their front office staff in the near future. Assistant GM Justin Zanik, who was hired a year ago from the Utah Jazz, could replace Hammond.

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