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Report: Jon Horst Agrees to Contract Extension

Not bad for a compromise candidate

Syndication: Milwaukee Mike De Sisti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Fresh off the franchise’s first title in 50 years, everybody’s getting paid. First, it was coach Mike Budenholzer agreeing to a contract extension. Now it’s the turn of the guy who brought Bud on in the first place:

As of this writing we don’t have details about the contract length or annual value. Horst had begun his tenure as one of the lowest-paid GMs in the league (earning $500K annually). His initial success included winning the 2019 Executive of the Year award and his first three-year contract extension in the summer of 2019. That deal had one year left to run, but Horst will now be locked in at the helm for the long-term.

It’s hard to describe just how unlikely this all seemed when Horst was initially promoted to GM. The wrangling over John Hammond’s replacement was messy to say the least. Ownership failed to stick to the ostensible succession plan which would have seen Justin Zanik (now Jazz GM) take the reins, and instead then-governor Wes Edens flexed his decision-making muscle to give Horst the role. Horst was paid little, relatively unknown, and put in power just as Milwaukee began to finesse that fraught transition between rebuilding and contending.

Four years and plenty of transactions later, we can look back and say the gamble was a resounding success. Most important was his securing Giannis Antetokounmpo’s supermax extension, but there’s also the firing of Jason Kidd, the hiring of Mike Budenholzer, the trade for Jrue Holiday, and numerous free agent signings/trades that helped fill out the roster around Milwaukee’s superstar.

Congrats to Horst on his new deal, and we obviously wish him the best of luck as he tries to keep Milwaukee atop the league for the long-haul.

Update: Woj Pod appearance by Horst!