About a week ago, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Bucks narrowed their search for a general manager to three candidates: Arturas Karnisovas, Wes Wilcox and Justin Zanik.
It sure sounds as if the seams holding the Bucks together are tearing. Absent from Wojnarowski’s list of those supporting Zanik: Co-owner Wes Edens. Milwaukee’s structure already seemed strained enough with Coach Jason Kidd reportedly serving as de facto general manager. Having him remain in place while the team hires a new general manager only adds to the perception he’s in charge. Hiring in-house but bypassing Zanik, who outranked Horst, only adds another wrinkle.
I’m not sure who stitches the Bucks back together, but having Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Malcolm Brogdon, Jabari Parker and Thon Maker helps. This team is young and talented and positioned to win over the next several years, and nothing eases tension like winning.