Report: Bucks set to interview GM candidates

Ashish Mathur

The Milwaukee Bucks have begun making calls in their search for new general manager, according to a report from The Vertical.

Per the report, the Bucks called for permission on the following front-office executives: Pete Dinwiddie (Indiana), Arturas Karnisovas (Denver), Ed Stefanski (Memphis) and Wes Wilcox (Atlanta).

Wilcox was the Hawks' GM this past season, but was reassigned by the organization and is reportedly looking for another opportunity. The Hawks are not expected to keep him from interviewing for other positions.

"Those teams granted permission for Milwaukee to interview the candidates," The Vertical reported.

Meanwhile, ESPN reported that with Rod Thorn leading the Bucks' GM search, Stefanski is "expected to get strong consideration for the position."

As ESPN noted:

Ed Stefanski, of course, worked alongside both Rod Thorn and Bucks coach Jason Kidd with the Nets ... while Kidd was still an active player.

Former Bucks GM John Hammond left last week for the same position with the Orlando Magic. The Bucks do not have a timetable for a replacement, though sources say they would like someone in place before the NBA draft on June 22.

Assistant GM Justin Zanik has been handling the Bucks' day-to-day operations while the team seeks a full-time replacement.

Per The Vertical:

Zanik remains a strong internal candidate for the job, league sources told The Vertical. He joined the Bucks in 2016 after three years as assistant GM of the Utah Jazz.

Milwaukee finished 42-40 and with the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference, before losing to Toronto in the first round of the playoffs.