Bucks promoting Justin Zanik to interim GM

The Milwaukee Bucks have chose to commission a broad search for a new general manager, according to league sources.

The Orlando Magic have hired Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond to be their new GM.

ESPN's Marc Stein reported early on Wednesday morning that the Bucks were slated to cast a wider net in their GM search, opening up the position to a broader search.

The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Bucks are promoting assistant GM Justin Zanik to interim general manager.

The job figures to be an attractive one for prospective executives.

Hammond had served the Bucks since 2008 and has been the leader of making moves to lead the Bucks' resurgence, picking Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker among others in recent draft moves.

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Hammond had been with the Bucks the past nine seasons. The Magic have the No. 6 overall pick in next month's National Basketball Association draft. Hammond went out on a limb to take Antetokounmpo in 2013 and the "Greek Freak" has morphed into a 7-foot point guard who averaged 23.2 points, 8.9 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.9 blocks per game this season.

The Bucks have made the playoffs twice in the last three years, all under Hammond's player personnel moves and the coaching of Jason Kidd.

John Hammond leaving Bucks to become Magic GM (read here): Last but certainly not least, the local perspective comes from Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, who gives a more detailed reaction to the news of Hammond's departure.

  • Julie Sanders