The Milwaukee Bucks have reportedly settled on an experienced executive to add to the front office, hiring Milt Newton as assistant general manager.
Shortly after the news emerged that the Milwaukee Bucks would be losing Craig Robinson from their front office, it seems as if the organization has finally found an executive to come in and work alongside Jon Horst.
When Horst was hired, the ownership expressed a desire to add an experienced executive to work alongside their young GM, and it seems as if Milt Newton will be that man.
According to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Newton is working on a deal to join Milwaukee’s front office as an assistant general manager.
Newton played his college basketball with Kansas, before playing professionally overseas. In recent years, Newton has had plenty of experience as an executive.
Newton was most recently general manager for the Minnesota Timberwolves, but also previously served as vice president of player personnel for the Washington Wizards, in a scouting role for the Philadelphia 76ers, as well as in the NBA offices.
In Minnesota, Newton had the difficult task of assuming decision-making responsibilities following the death of Flip Saunders. Yet throughout his time with the Timberwolves, Newton undoubtedly helped to shape the organization toward a more positive future.
As was noted in an Associated Press piece about his departure from Minnesota following the hiring of Tom Thibodeau:
“Newton followed Saunders from Washington three years ago and played a big role in rebuilding the roster from one of the worst in the league to one teeming with young talent. Newton was Saunders’ right-hand man and was particularly influential in the draft; the Wolves added Zach LaVine, Karl-Anthony Towns, Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng. Newton also helped construct the three-team deal that nabbed Andrew Wiggins from the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Kevin Love.”
In an interview and profile piece with Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated last September, it was reported that up until that point Newton had yet to meet with any team since leaving Minnesota.
“Since his dismissal from the Timberwolves, Newton hasn’t been approached by an NBA team for any executive positions. He said he is not opposed to being an assistant general manager and is open-minded in search for a comfort level and good fit with his next job.”
From Milwaukee’s perspective, Newton should certainly be able to deliver the kind of experience that will help Jon Horst settle into the job.
For Newton, the hope has to be that he finds his footing in a front office that is drastically changed, and hopefully less muddled than it has been in recent times.