It has been one month since the Atlanta Hawks announced a restructuring in the front office that removed Wes Wilcox from his position as the team’s general manager. Now, while serving as a special advisor to ownership in Atlanta, the young executive has reportedly emerged as a leading candidate for the vacant general manager job for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Sources: Three finalists have emerged in Milwaukee's GM search: Denver's Arturas Karnisovas, Atlanta's Wes Wilcox and Bucks' Justin Zanik.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 7, 2017
Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical also indicates that Wilcox will head to Milwaukee for additional interviews.
Sources: Karnisovas and Wilcox will travel to Milwaukee for additional meetings with organization officials later this week. https://t.co/goiK11Ps68— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 7, 2017
It comes as no surprise that Wilcox would be in the mix, as he was a fast-rising executive before landing the full-time GM post in Atlanta. With that said, he served under Mike Budenholzer (formerly the team’s president of basketball operations) and Milwaukee’s position would be a first for Wilcox in managing the entire department. In addition, Wilcox was disciplined in January for an incident that involved a racially charged attempt at humor during a “Chalk Talk” event.
At this point, it is too early to suggest that Wilcox will be able to land the job but murmurs like this lend credence to the whispers that he is not long for Atlanta given his reduced role. Travis Schlenk is on board as the team’s GM and, in the near future, it appears that Wes Wilcox will likely move on to greener pastures, including the possibility of a big-time gig in Milwaukee.