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Milwaukee Bucks to focus on youth, says GM

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Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond has stated the franchise will look to concentrate on developing youth over the coming seasons.

Hammond, who replaced Larry Harris in the Milwaukee front office in 2008, has set about drastically re-shaping the Bucks' roster this summer. 

There is now focus on maximising the potential of a crop of talented youngsters that already include power forward John Henson and dominant centre Larry Sanders. 

Such moves include the recent acquisition of 21-year-old point guard Brandon Knight. 

University of Kentucky product Knight, who was the eighth overall pick of the 2011 NBA draft, arrives in Milwaukee after being traded in exchange for the unsettled Brandon Jennings, small forward Khris Middleton and Ukrainian big man Viacheslav Kravtsov. 

In addition to Knight, the Bucks have also signed 18-year-old first-round draft pick Giannis Antetokounmpo. 

Greek swingman Antetokounmpo, who spent last season in his homeland with Athens club Filathlitikos, boasts a unique skill set that could see him make his league bow much sooner than many might have expected. 

"It's time we talk about our youth," Hammond said in a press conference on Tuesday. "We have a young team but we're going to try to compete. 

"We brought in some veteran pieces to help us as we move forward that will provide leadership and mentorship, but they're the players capable of getting on the floor and help us win games."

Among those veteran pieces who have been brought in to supplement the younger contingent are 30-year-old Argentinian swingman Carlos Delfino, who is embarking upon his second spell in Wisconsin, Georgian center Zaza Pachulia and guard duo Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour. 

Shooting guard O.J Mayo is also set to feature in coach Larry Drew's much-changed Bucks backcourt after opting to move North following his departure from the Dallas Mavericks.


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