Scott Skiles wants to leave Milwaukee, and will seek a buyout with the Bucks, according to one report.
Via Tom Kessenich, ESPN's Chris Broussard reported on ESPN's Wednesday NBA Countdown show that Bucks coach Scott Skiles wishes to leave his position as head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks and will seek a buyout of his contract with the organization this summer. Skiles, along with general manager John Hammond, has one year remaining worth a reported $5 million on his contract after this season. Both men signed extensions after Milwaukee's playoff run in 2010.
Discussion of the futures for Milwaukee's head coach and GM has been limited to speculation, though there has been plenty of that to keep things lively over the past few weeks. With conventional wisdom suggesting the fates of both were tied up, for better or worse, in whether or not the Bucks made the playoffs this season, the news is hardly shocking. Should these reports prove accurate, it would be another step in what is shaping up as a massive deconstruction of the Bucks organization as we have come to know it over the past few years.
I haven't seen confirmation of this report anywhere else, but it seems plausible enough to be true, especially from a reliable source like Broussard. Where he heard it is another question, of course. We're sure to hear more in the next few days, and things could evolve quickly after the season-finale on Thursday. The Bucks may be inclined to make personnel moves quickly after the season to provide ample time for a new staff to make draft preparations.