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.