Bucks show interest in Jim Paxson

LAS VEGAS — The Milwaukee Bucks are looking to give new general manager Jon Horst a strong, right-hand man.

According to sources, the Bucks have interviewed several individuals who have extensive front office experience for their vacant assistant general manager’s position. The position became open when the Bucks recently fired Justin Zanik.

“They want someone who has either been a GM or who has worked closely with a GM,’’ a Western Conference official said.

One person whom the Bucks have shown interest in is Jim Paxson, who was the general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers from 1999-2005.

Paxson, 60, is now a consultant for the Chicago Bulls and has been in Las Vegas for the NBA Summer League games. According to sources, he met with Bucks officials about the assistant GM job.

Horst recently became the Bucks general manager, replacing John Hammond who took a similar job with the Orlando Magic. Horst is 34 and had never been a general manager or an assistant general manager.

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