Scott Skiles is the frontrunner for the vacant Nets head coaching vacancy, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.
The report comes from legendary columnist Dave D'Alessandro, so we're inclined to take this one with some truth behind it. Skiles was reported to be on the Nets radar previously, but D'Alessandro elevates that to deeming Skiles the "frontrunner." After the way his tenure ended in Milwaukee, if Skiles is hired by Brooklyn, we'd expect there to be plenty of questions regarding how he will approach the team.
Mike Dunleavy, who will be an unrestricted FA this summer, is reportedly drawing "keen interest" from several teams.
Dunleavy played 26 minutes per game off Milwaukee's bench this season, scoring 10.5 points with 1.7 threes, 3.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists. The 32-year-old veteran earned roughly $3.8 million last year and he should be an affordable pickup for a competitive team looking for bench help.
The Bucks interviewed Lakers assistant Steve Clifford for the head-coaching vacancy Monday, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.
Clifford was the primary defensive assistant on the Lakers' staff and remained on the bench even after L.A. fired Mike Brown and hired Mike D'Antoni. Clifford was also expected to interview with the Bobcats. J.C. Bickerstaff, Nate McMillan and Kelvin Sampson have also been connected with the Bucks opening.
There is "growing sentiment" that unrestricted free agent J.J. Redick will sign with another team, according to the Racine Journal-Times.
The Bucks traded away Tobias Harris, Beno Udrih and Doron Lamb for half a season of Redick, and it's looking more and more likely that the half season will constitute his Bucks career. Redick never really fit the way the Bucks hoped he would, and it was another foolish move from Milwaukee's front office in an attempt to keep the team relevant. Milwaukee has some major work to do in the offseason with Redick an unrestricted free agent, Brandon Jennings a restricted free agent and could also face a decision on Monta Ellis, who has yet to decide on his $11 million player option.
Rockets assistant J.B. Bickerstaff is interviewing with the Bucks for their head coaching vacancy Friday.
Bickerstaff, 34, is emerging as one of the hottest young coaching candidates. He also met with the Pistons earlier this week and is expected to get a look from the Suns. As for the Bucks, other known candidates include Nate McMillan, Kelvin Sampson and Lakers assistant Steve Clifford.
A "member of the proposed ownership group trying to keep the Kings in Sacramento has done some background checking on (Monta) Ellis," sources told CBS Sports.
We'll take this report with a major grain of salt considering the way it's phrased, but the report notes that Ellis could be an alternative to Tyreke Evans, who is set to be a restricted free agent during the offseason. Sacramento has not decided to part ways with Evans, and to replace Evans with Ellis doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Ellis is "weighing his options" and hasn't decided if he'll opt out of the final year of his deal with the Bucks.
Larry Sanders and Monta Ellis reportedly "nearly came to blows in the locker room after Game 3" of the Bucks playoff series against Miami, sources told CBS Sports.
It's awfully strange that this report would just come out now, so we're taking it with a grain of salt. The players had to be "separated," but the fight wasn't serious enough to prompt disciplinary action for either player. If that's the case, it sounds like this is being terribly overblown. Ellis reportedly "took umbrage" with Sanders saying the team needs to focus on the present and not next season, but it's a moot point with the Bucks watching from home.