Coach, GM staying with Bucks

Updated: October 26, 2010, 5:25 PM ET
Associated Press

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Bucks have exercised the option on general manager John Hammond's contract and extended coach Scott Skiles' original four-year contract through the 2012-13 season.

Hammond was hired by the Bucks near the end of the 2007-08 season. He won the NBA executive of the year award last season when the Bucks went 46-36 and reached the playoffs for the first time in four years.

Skiles was Hammond's pick to run the Bucks and received an initial four-year contract. Milwaukee's 12-win improvement last season was the biggest in the Eastern Conference and Milwaukee's best record since the 2000-01 campaign.

Milwaukee opens the season at New Orleans on Wednesday night.


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