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John Hammond agrees to become Orlando Magic GM

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Hammond has agreed to a five-year deal with the Magic

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In a move that was as surprising as it was expected, Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond appears to be leaving the team and joining the Orlando Magic, per Marc Stein, and Adrian Wojnarowski.

Many Bucks fans may have thought that Hammond was content to stay put after hearing that the Magic got their man when they hired Jeff Weltman as their President of Basketball Operations. However, the plan was that Weltman would be hiring a GM, and it didn’t take long for him to reach out and bring aboard to his long-time colleague .

As for the Bucks? The built-in succession plan appears to be a go:

Zanik was brought in last year to both fill the void left by David Morway’s departure, and to eventually succeed Hammond, whose contract was up at the end of the 2017-2018 season. With said contract set to expire, it was possible that Hammond would be allowed the opportunity to look to continue working elsewhere instead of taking a backseat or a lesser role. Alas, here we are.

Hammond had been the Bucks GM since 2008 and the Bucks made the playoffs four times since he took over the team. Hammond won the 2009-2010 Executive of the Year award during the “Fear the Deer” season.

For some extended discussion, be sure to listen to Frank and Eric’s pre-official announcement conversation on today’s Locked On Bucks: