The Milwaukee Bucks have a position to fill in the front office, as John Hammond vacated the general manager post in favor of a similar slot with the Orlando Magic. While assistant general manager Justin Zanik was seen as the frontrunner to assume control early in the process, the Bucks continue to evaluate external options, and Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports that a very intriguing name has jumped into the mix in the form of Becky Hammon.
Another candidate whom the Bucks have contacted, league sources said: San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon. Hammon has no front-office experience, but has been a behind-the-bench assistant coach under Gregg Popovich for three seasons.
As the report notes, Hammon has been coaching alongside Gregg Popovich in San Antonio for three seasons, and she is generally considered to be the most likely candidate to become the first woman to serve as an NBA head coach. With that said, jumping from work as an assistant coach to a full-time general manager would be a drastic shift, and it speaks to the impressive resume that Hammon sports that she would be considered in this way.
It should be noted that Wojnarowski’s report also names several other candidates, highlighted by Pistons assistant GM (and former NBA forward) Pat Garrity and Blazers assistant GM Bill Branch. Beyond that, Zanik also appears to be a serious candidate, and his internal insight should not be discounted. Still, Hammon’s name is (quite) easily the most prominent in association with the opening, and it is hard to avoid dreaming of what she could do if given the opportunity.