• Bucks beat writer Gery Woelfel wrote on Monday that two of the more significant changes for Milwaukee this offseason “could involve Bucks general manager John Hammond and head coach Jason Kidd.”

    As in those two might not be around for next season.

    The Bucks never really had high expectations at the end of the Herb Kohl era and the new ownership group is still stumbling through their rookie learning curve amidst reports of infighting and the like.

    Still, they’ve managed to do a two steps forward and two steps back routine, marked by the good (drafting of Giannis Antetokounmpo, retaining Khris Middleton) and the bad (trading for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist) and the unknown (signing Greg Monroe).  A sexy pick by many to make the playoffs, the season started off very disappointing — only to trend slightly upward due to the suddenly fast-tracked emergence of Antetokounmpo.

    Nevertheless, Kidd has always been grating on those around him and once again the ownership group has a splintered appearance.  We’ll let Woelfel take it away:

    But I’m told Kidd, who was brought to Milwaukee by one of the team’s tri-majority owners and close friend, Marc Lasry, hasn’t endeared himself to the rest of the Bucks’ ownership group. Some think Kidd’s arrogant, some think his heart isn’t into coaching and are miffed he took off a portion of the season for hip surgery when he could have done it in the offseason. Some, most importantly, question his coaching acumen and his player personal decision-making.

    I’ve also been told by people close to the Bucks’ situation that Kidd, once the golden boy of the organization, is now on shaky ground. His future with the franchise is clearly cloudy, especially from a coaching standpoint when some highly-regarded and vastly more experienced coaches than Kidd are available. Can you say Tom Thibodeau?

    The Hammond intel is also of some interest because it was a relative surprise that he stuck around after a so-so record at best under Kohl.

    A year ago, there was considerable chatter Hammond would move on, only to see him receive a one-year extension. But several NBA sources contend Hammond will soon be relocating to another zip code — either being fired or leaving on his own volition.

    Talk among some league officials is Hammond will end up in perhaps a similar position with New Orleans. The Pelicans figure to be doing some serious housecleaning themselves and hire Louisiana native, former Detroit Pistons “Bad Boy’’ and Hammond confidante Joe Dumars as the president of basketball operations.

    As we’ve seen around the league the ownership groups of the future carry many different successful individuals who want to be heard.  Keeping everybody moving in the same direction is the job of majority ownership, the front office and also the general manager.  Hammond might be moving on but how Milwaukee does with their stockpile of young assets will depend on Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry’s ability to do exactly that.

    As for Kidd, he tends to be on his own program and always on a push for more power.  His recent influence on the Bucks’ decision-making process hasn’t been great.  He was the driving force behind the Brandon Knight/Carter-Williams deal and the Greivis Vasquez deal has been meh.  And if you’re going to bring on a new GM it’s also probably time to let them pick the coach when the milk has gone bad, for as worn out as that trope is.

    So either the Bucks are 100 percent committed to the Jason Kidd experience or they’re not — and if they’re not they shouldn’t waste any more time with a new arena on the way and great young core to fill it with.

     

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