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Report: Bucks Hire John Hammond

ESPN's Marc Stein reports the Bucks were finally able to convince John Hammond to be their next general manager:

Sources told ESPN.com on Friday that Hammond, pursued in recent years by Portland, Toronto and others after a long and successful run as Joe Dumars' top aide in Detroit, has accepted the Bucks' offer and will be officially introduced as Larry Harris' replacement as early as Monday.

Hammond's first task in Milwaukee, according to sources, will be hiring a veteran coach to help the Bucks make a firm assessment of their talent after a group expected to compete for a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference woefully underachieved in Larry Krystkowiak's first full season on the bench.

Sources say Hammond is expected to make a strong push to hire former Pistons coach Rick Carlisle. Working as an ESPN analyst this season after leaving the Indiana Pacers, Carlisle is also widely considered as a strong candidate to coach the Chicago Bulls next season.

[...] Hammond also initially resisted the Bucks' overtures but eventually decided that this was the right time to leap after working in the Pistons' front office since the 2001-02 season, operating closely with Dumars in the construction of a roster that has delivered seven consecutive 50-win seasons and five straight trips to the Eastern Conference finals, highlighted by Detroit's run to the championship in 2004. [...] Although the Pistons were reluctant to lose Hammond to a division rival, Dumars still has a strong staff that includes director of basketball operations Tony Ronzone and director of basketball administration Jeff Weltman.

Sure, the Pistons still have Ronzone ... for now. Although, perhaps Hammond's departure will make room for Ronzone to climb up the ladder and be content staying in Detroit as oppose to having to leave to receive a promotion. We'll see.

Also, Rick Carlisle? Well, he obviously knows the Central Division. (And more importantly, he's a pretty good coach.) My only question is whether any of the bridges Carlisle allegedly burned in Detroit belonged to Hammond, though it seems the answer is no.

Hat-tip to DBB reader Sauce1977 for the pointer.

Previously on DBB:
Hammond not going to Milwaukee
Is Milwaukee looking at John Hammond?