According to Sam Amick of SI.com, there are multiple sources who have said that Larry Miller and the Portland Trail Blazers, whose general manager job has been vacant for over a year, requested permission from the Bucks to interview GM John Hammond and were denied.
Bucks general manager John Hammond, who was a finalist for the Blazers’ job in 2003 before it went to John Nash, was a Blazers candidate again this time around. But numerous front-office sources said the Bucks, who were a disappointing 31-35 this season, refused Portland permission to speak with Hammond recently. A Bucks official could not clarify whether that was the case and Miller declined to comment on the matter when reached Friday, but indications are that Hammond will remain in Milwaukee at least one more season with coach Scott Skiles (both have one season left on their contracts).
This development adds to a potential powderkeg of acrimony. The Bucks trio of GM John Hammond, head coach Scott Skiles, and star Brandon Jennings all have a single year remaining on their contracts, and each has gotten brushed off by Bucks management since the season ended. First, there were reports that Skiles wanted a buyout of the last year of his deal, but he was retained as head coach by Hammond and owner Herb Kohl. Then, Hammond de-emphasized the importance of a Brandon Jennings extension in his post-season press conference with Senator Kohl, and now Hammond has lost the chance to interview for a potentially more lucrative deal in Oregon.
Is anyone going to be happy in Milwaukee next season? (Sadly, this statement includes the fans.)