Bucks introduce Horst as GM

Promoted from within organization


The Milwaukee Bucks introduced their new general manger Monday.

The team named director of basketball operations Jon Horst as its next GM on Friday. He will replace John Hammond, who left last month to take the Orlando Magic job.

Horst will take over building a young, promising roster led by All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and coached by Jason Kidd. The Bucks finished above .500 for the first time since 2009-10, losing to the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the playoffs in six games.

The 34 year-old Horst had been director of basketball operations since 2008, serving under Hammond. Horst was involved in personnel evaluation, salary cap management and contract negotiations. 

Horst looks forward to leading one of the NBA's up and coming franchises.

"You look at our core group of guys. You look at our ownership, you look at our facilities that are popping up in this community. You look at the community and fan support that we have... this is unbelievable," Horst said.

"If you asked 30 other GMs in the league I think most of them would agree in terms of future championship aspirations- this is the team."

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