Milwaukee Bucks sign general manager Jon Horst to contract extension
June 7, 2019
4:50 p.m. ET
The Milwaukee Bucks had a great regular season, fell short of achieving their playoff goal of winning a championship or reaching the NBA Finals, but they're clearly on the right path, especially in the roster department. Although they are short on superstars beyond Giannis Antetokounmpo, their pieces compliment each other. Credit goes of course to the team's general manager.
And with that came the news today that the Bucks have signed GM Jon Horst to a multi-year contract extension. The move is not a surprise.
During Horst's two seasons, the Bucks have a 104-60 (.634) record.
This past regular, the Bucks put up an NBA-best 60-22 (.732) win-loss record. It was Milwaukee's first 60-win season since the 1980-81 campaign.
“Jon’s strong leadership and savvy decision-making ability have been instrumental as we continue to build the Bucks into a championship-caliber organization,” said Bucks owners Wes Edens, Marc Lasry and Jamie Dinan. “He has brought smart processes to our basketball operations and together with Head Coach Mike Budenholzer and President Peter Feigin, Jon has done an incredible job connecting the basketball and business sides of our organization. We are excited about the future of our team and confident in Jon leading us to the highest level.”
“I’m thankful to our ownership group for their continued trust and confidence in me,” Horst said. “Wes, Marc and Jamie have been resolute in their commitment to building a championship-caliber team, providing the necessary tools and resources, and I look forward to continuing to execute their vision. I am grateful for the partnership I have with Coach Bud and Peter and want to thank my hard-working staff, especially Milt Newton, for their dedication and support in building a championship-level team.
“Finally, I want to give a BIG thank you to our terrific players for their outstanding efforts. Giannis, Khris, Brook, Malcolm and Eric all had incredible seasons and our ‘Bench Mob’ was fantastic all season long. All of our players brought so much excitement to the court and I thank each of them for contributing to our success and embracing our great city and fans.”
The Bucks this regular season were led in scoring by Antetokounmpo (27.7 ppg), Khris Middleton (18.3 ppg), Eric Bledsoe (15.9 ppg), Malcolm Brogdon (15.6 ppg) and Brook Lopez (12.5 ppg). They were one of the top offensive teams in the league, and were the top-rated defensive squad.