Milwaukee Bucks owner Wes Edens admits that the process of hiring a new general manager looked a “bit sloppy,” but the result is what matters. Jon Horst was introduced Monday as the replacement for John Hammond — and Edens calls him the “right guy for the job.” The Bucks interviewed six executives from other teams before Horst, who was Milwaukee’s director of basketball operations, emerged as a finalist late in the process. Horst has spent nine years in the Bucks’ front office, and Edens says the ownership team immediately approached him about some type of role when Hammond left for Orlando last month. Horst says the Bucks are “blessed” to have a strong core — he’s been working on Thursday night’s N-B-A Draft for more than a year — and Horst says restricted free agent Tony Snell and center Greg Monroe, who has a player option for next season, are “valuable” to the organization.
The Milwaukee Bucks give former Wisconsin guard Zak Showalter an audition in advance of Thursday night’s N-B-A Draft. The Germantown native got his second predraft workout, the other one being with the Chicago Bulls — but he admits that former Badger teammates Nigel Hayes, Bronson Koenig, and Vitto Brown have a better chance of hearing their names called on Draft Night. Showalter says he realistically hopes to link up with an N-B-A Summer League team, perhaps as an audition for a spot with a foreign pro team. Showalter, a Germantown native, got high marks from Bucks’ scouting vice president Billy McKinney for his defense, character, and high energy. While much of the Bucks’ news has been about their G-M search, the team has continued its predraft workouts — and they brought in Ripon College scoring standout Ty Sabin last week.