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                        === Bucks extend GM Hammond ===
 Milwaukee,  WI (Sports Network) - Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond
 has received a three-year contract extension that will run through the 2015-16
 season, the team announced Wednesday.
 Hammond,  who was  hired by the Bucks  in April of 2008 following a seven-year
 stint  as vice president of the Detroit Pistons, was working in the final year
 of his former deal.
 The  58-year-old was  named  the NBA's  2009-10 Executive  of  the Year  after
 helping  guide  Milwaukee to a  46-36 record and  an appearance in the Eastern
 Conference Playoffs, after a 12-game improvement from the previous season. The
 Bucks  have not qualified  for the postseason in either of the last two years,
 Milwaukee  does  currently reside  in seventh  place in the  East with a 22-18
 record  and has gone 6-2 since Hammond fired head coach Scott Skiles on Jan. 7
 and replaced him with assistant Jim Boylan.
 "John  does a terrific job for our basketball team," Bucks president Herb Kohl
 said  in a  statement. "He  and  his staff  have  assembled a  roster of  very
 talented  players who are also very good people, which our fans appreciate and
 enjoy  watching.  John is highly respected  by the players and among his peers
 and I'm happy he will continue to lead our basketball operations department."
 A  former assistant  coach and  scouting director  with the  Pistons as  well,
 Hammond  was  a part of  a successful six-year run  in Detroit from 2002-08 in
 which  the team  reached the Eastern Conference finals four times, lost in the
 2004-05 NBA Finals and captured the 2003-04 league championship.
 01/23 16:15:26 ET