Milwaukee Bucks General Manager John Hammond’s contract extended through 2016

Hammond’s last big deal brought in Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh. Ellis has played a large role on this season’s 22-18 team.

John Hammond will generally manage your Milwaukee Bucks through at least the 2015-16 season. From the Bucks PR Department:

The Milwaukee Bucks have extended the contract of General Manager John Hammond, the team announced today. The agreement will keep Hammond in his position with the Bucks through the 2015-16 season.

“John does a terrific job for our basketball team,” said Herb Kohl, team president. “He and his staff have assembled a roster of very talented players who are also very good people, which our fans appreciate and enjoy watching. John is highly respected by the players and among his peers and I’m happy he will continue to lead our basketball operations department.”

The Bucks are currently seventh in the Eastern Conference, two and a half games up on the Boston Celtics and six games ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers for the final playoff spot in the East. They’ve won six of eight since parting ways with Coach Scott Skiles.

The Bucks have made the playoffs once since Hammond took over for Larry Harris as general manager in 2008.

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  1. This, I think, is good. The team obviously isn’t at the finish line yet (if there ever is such a thing), but you can’t deny that the ’12-’13 Bucks are better off than where they were when Hammond took over. There have been some ups and downs, as well as a few unfortunate acquisitions, but considering his limitations (the roster he inherited, the desirability of playing for Milwaukee, payroll, the Bradley Center and player facilities, etc.) I don’t think he’s done a poor job. It will be interesting to see what he does and where the team is at this time next year. There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the roster and who they will build around!

  2. OK John is locked in, so now let’s trade Monta.. If anyone has read anything I have posted then you know it’s not necessarily because of his play.. while the BJellis combo isn’t a great match for consistency, my real concern is losing him this summer for nothing.. I have said before that i do believe that he will opt out and leave, giving a pretty sizable void at the SG position.. and with the free agent draw that Milwaukee seems to be that could be very bad.

    I would love to see them move him for the combination of Afflalo/Redick.. instantly we would improve our defense with one and our consistent outside shooting with the other

    • I doubt we could get Affalo/Reddick. If Orlando goes into all out fire sale mode and we can get that deal, it’s worth thinking about. Also, by trading for them, you’re likely letting Jennings or Sanders walk (unless Kohl decides to amnesty Gooden). We’d lose some playmaking and some explosiveness to make that trade as well. Both are good defenders (Affalo is an overrated defender, but Reddick is an underrated defender) and good shooters, but our offense breaks down without explosiveness and ball movement.

  3. Justin, I feel the same as you do about Ellis. He’s an exciting player and I even like all his quirks. But I too am afraid that he’s just going to walk. One thing that has to be difficult with making this decision is that the Bucks ARE looking good for making it into the playoffs and do we break up our back court duo just as the season heats up?

    I trust that Hammond will do the right thing!

    Go Bucks!

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