Originally written January 23, 2013 on Fox Sports Wisconsin:
The Milwaukee Bucks and general manager John Hammond have agreed to a three-year contract extension, according to multiple reports. Talks of an extension were in the works weeks ago, as Hammond said he was working on a deal with Bucks owner Senator Herb Kohl to keep him in Milwaukee. Hammond, 58, was working in the final year of his contract. Hired in 2008, Hammond was named NBA Executive of the Year following the 2009-10 season. The Bucks finished 46-36 in 2009-10 and made their only playoff appearance during Hammond's tenure as general manager. Injuries plagued the Bucks the following season and the team slipped to just 35 wins. This season, Milwaukee raced out to a 16-12 start before losing four in a row. Hammond met with coach Scott Skiles on Dec. 7 and agreed to part ways and named assistant Jim Boylan as the new head coach. Under Boylan, the Bucks are 6-2 and in the thick of the playoff hunt in the Eastern Conference. Uncertainty swirled around the franchise entering this season, as Skiles and Hammond both were in the final years of their contracts. Point guard Brandon Jennings is a restricted free agent after the season, and shooting guard Monta Ellis can opt out of the final year of his contract. With Hammond locked up, he can begin to alleviate some of the uncertainty. While Boylan only has a contract to coach through the end of the season, Hammond can begin to evaluate the team's coaching situation now, as well as determine the futures of Jennings and Ellis. Follow Andrew Gruman on Twitter.
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