After the much-criticized process that resulted in Jon Horst becoming Milwaukee’s new GM, it seems the Bucks have arrived at another conclusion in this winding road towards a full front office. Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Milt Newton is finalizing a deal to take the
cursed assistant GM job with the Bucks.
Sources: Milt Newton is finalizing a deal to become assistant GM with Milwaukee. He was Minnesota’s GM under Flip Saunders' regime.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 7, 2017
Newton served as the GM with the Timberwolves from late 2013 until Thibs took over in April of 2016. Before that, he worked with the Washington Wizards for 10 years, for the most part as the vice president of player personnel. While overseeing the Timberwolves, his most prominent moves would probably include the Kevin Love trade that saw Minnesota net number one overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins and number one overall bust Anthony Bennett in exchange for their frontcourt superstar. A year later later he selected Karl-Anthony Towns (a no-brainer) and he also had a hand in choosing the bouncy swingman Zach Lavine.
Newton was also one of very few African-American general managers in the league, a point well discussed in the Undefeated article Eric Nehm references above. Here, he’ll maintain a front office role that the Bucks have positioned as a veteran adviser to the youngest GM in the league, Jon Horst. Whether Newton is the right guy for the job remains an open question, although he was entrusted with overseeing a dramatic overhaul of a franchise in the pits before.
Here, there’s more to work with, and it will be his job to help Horst steer this boat in the right direction. His experience in player personnel should behoove a franchise whose previous GM was well-regarded for his lengthy scouting history in the league dating back to his punchy workout sessions with Kevin Garnett. Assistant GM in Milwaukee has been a somewhat fluid position over the last several years, with David Morway being politely excused from the dinner table, then Milwaukee going a year without filling the position, to ultimately inviting Justin Zanik in for a delightful cup of coffee that turned pretty damn bitter when he reached the bottom.
Either way, Horst and the franchise have moved rather swiftly in filling out their entire staff. Now comes the hard part.