According to a report from Marc Stein, the Milwaukee Bucks will be widening the scope of their search for a new general manager to a broader group of candidates beyond presumed GM-in-waiting Justin Zanik.
The Milwaukee Bucks have decided to open up their newly vacant general manager position to a broad search, ESPN has learned.— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) May 24, 2017
Stein later went on to elaborate that the search will be led by Special Assistant Rod Thorn, who many remember Milwaukee hired on as a special consultant back in September 2015. He has previous connections to Kidd, where he traded for the Bucks coach while serving as a GM of the New Jersey Nets. He also has ties to owner Marc Lasry.
Bucks consultant and longtime NBA executive Rod Thorn will lead the search on behalf of Milwaukee ownership, league sources say.— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) May 24, 2017
Stein clarified that Zanik will reportedly be able to interview for the general manager job he thought would be his all along, he’ll just have some more friendly competition for the gig than he thought.
Bucks assistant general manager Justin Zanik will have an opportunity to interview for the GM position, according to league sources.— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) May 24, 2017
This development could conveniently nullify all of our Zanik speculation from our roundtable earlier today, but then again there’s still a chance he receives the job offer after all. I can’t imagine that’s precisely the way he hoped to find his way into the role though. Milwaukee’s move seems to muddy what’s already been an opaque and confusing front office dynamic, and their decision to open the search feels at odds with the clean succession plan they laid out just last summer. Perhaps something happened in the meantime to muck that up (beyond Hammond leaving of course), but one would’ve thought the hiring of Zanik meant they felt comfortable with him taking over the reins.
That could still be the case, but this preceding rigmarole to whoever is hired continues the bumpy hiring trend of new ownership that started with Kidd’s abrupt arrival in the first place.