Bucks extend contract of GM Hammond

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 23, 2013 at 11:25 pm •  Published: January 23, 2013
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But Salmons' production dropped considerably after he signed a five-year, $39 million contract, and he was traded to Sacramento. A five-year, $32 million given to Drew Gooden hasn't worked out, either. Headaches like Stephen Jackson and Corey Maggette have come and gone, and in their place Hammond has started to establish a young core with more promise going forward, if the right moves are made.

Brandon Jennings will be a restricted free agent at the end of this season. Monta Ellis can opt out of his deal and become a free agent as well. And Hammond will have to make a decision on a permanent replacement for Skiles, whether that is Boylan or someone else.

If Hammond makes the right decisions, the future may well be bright for the Bucks. Ersan Ilyasova is showing signs of breaking out of his funk and playing more like the difference-maker he was last season, Larry Sanders has developed from a raw first-round draft pick three years ago into the NBA's leading shot-blocker and a fan favorite, and Hammond has assembled a solid veteran cast of role players — Mike Dunleavy, Luc Mbah a Moute and Beno Udrih among them — to complement the dynamic Jennings-Ellis backcourt.

"We're going to fight to the end, that's been our motto all year," Sanders said. "We're planning on winning as many as we can and being in a good position come April for the playoffs. I see that in our future."

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