Rumors of Bucks losing key figurehead in organization growing louder

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The Milwaukee Bucks are on the verge of dropping out of the NBA Playoffs, currently in a 1-3 hole against the Indiana Pacers.

With another early playoff exit potentially on the horizon, many have been calling for changes within the Milwaukee Bucks organization, and it appears they may get their wish.

Several weeks ago, veteran NBA insider Marc Stein reported that the Detroit Pistons were believed to have an interest in Milwaukee GM Jon Horst as their new president of basketball operations. Not too much was made of the report at the time, as it was not surprising to see that they were casting a wide net across the league, but things are seemingly heating up now.

According to The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor, league sources say there is now a real possibility that Jon Horst will take Detroit's opening. That would undoubtedly shake up Milwaukee's front office.

Rumors of Bucks losing key figurehead in organization growing louder

Horst has been the general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks since 2017, having helped pull this team out of the dark days and into legitimate title contention year in and year out.

Horst's tenure to this point has been full of moves that range from excellent (trades for Jrue Holiday and P.J. Tucker and the signing of Brook Lopez in 2018) to deals he likely wishes he could take back (trading Donte DiVincenzo for Serge Ibaka, who never saw a prominent role). It's been a mixed bag, but Horst's effort did land him the 2019 Executive of the Year honor.

He'd be a good fit for the Pistons, giving them someone who can do his part to help put a team in a position to win like he did with the Bucks when he took the reigns in 2017. He is also from Michigan, which may add some desirability to the job in his eyes.

As for the Milwaukee Bucks, they could also use a breath of fresh air in the front office. A common trend that Horst has relied on over the past few years is bringing in veterans who are just a tad bit beyond their primes, and it's come back to bite the Bucks - look at what is currently happening as they struggle to keep up with the younger Indiana Pacers.

This team needs to switch things up to extend their contending timeline, and perhaps a new man leading the charge could help with that.

Nothing is set in stone just yet, as rumors are just rumors, but this is undoubtedly something to keep an eye on over the next few weeks.

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