While Indiana opted to extend their coach, it looks like Milwaukee has decided to fire theirs. Here’s Sam Amick from USA Today:
Milwaukee Bucks and coach Scott Skiles have agreed to part ways, according to a person familiar with the discussions.
The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because the team had yet to announce the move.
NBA.com reported earlier that Skiles told the Bucks he didn’t want to come back after this season but that the team had asked him to keep an open mind and that they might be willing to offer him about another deal.
Scott Skiles has been the coach of the Milwaukee Bucks since the 2008-09 season. The Bucks went 162-182 (.470) under his watch and made a playoff appearance in the 2009-10 season when they took the Atlanta Hawks to seven games in the first round. The Bucks are currently 16-16 this year and are on a four-game losing streak.
The Milwaukee Bucks have plenty of issues to think about besides coaching. General Manager John Hammond is in the last year of his deal. Monta Ellis has an opt-out clause and could become a free agent after this season (although at $11 million, it’s pretty tough to opt out of that much money). Brandon Jennings surprisingly did not receive a contract extension unlike some of his draft mates like Stephen Curry, James Harden, and DeMar DeRozan so he will be a restricted free agent this season. However, the Bucks can match any offer other teams give Jennings.
Longtime Skiles assistant Jim Boylan will take over as interim coach in the meantime. Skiles, overall, has gone 443-433 (.506) in his 13 years as coach. He has also made coaching stops at Phoenix and Chicago. As a player, Scott Skiles holds the record for most assists in a game with 30, which he did in 1990 as a member of the then-expansion team Orlando Magic.