Bucks coach Jason Kidd, GM deny reports about front office changes
Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd and general manager John Hammond have denied a report that suggested possible changes coming to the team’s front office.
According a report from onmilwaukee.com, Kidd is primed to take over the team’s basketball operations as soon as July 10. Hammond would then be reassigned within the organization, or even leave the team.
"I think sometimes sources can be wrong, media can be wrong, coaches can be wrong," Kidd said to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "With this report that came out yesterday, it was totally wrong. Hammond has been in the league I think a little bit longer than I have, so this is another source for me to learn."
Hammond has been the team's GM since 2008 and is in the final year of his deal. Kidd just completed the first year of a three-year contract he received from the team after leaving the Brooklyn Nets.
"There is no friction, there is no announcement," Kidd said. "Maybe the source was saying this (training camp and preseason game) was the announcement, and got it wrong. It happens. So, there are no problems in Milwaukee."
"We've had a chance to be together a year now, and I can tell you how much I enjoy working with Jason," Hammond added. "I think we have a good camaraderie in how we work. We have a good relationship in how we do our jobs."
Kidd led the Bucks to a 41-41 record and a postseason berth as the Eastern Conference’s sixth seed, a season after the team lost a league-high 67 games. Milwaukee lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Chicago Bulls.
Kidd reiterated that there was nothing wrong with his relationship with Hammond.
“Again, our teamwork is as good as ever," Kidd said.
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