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Report: Jerry Sloan meets with Bucks to discuss coaching job

May 13, 2013, 4:34 PM EDT

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How do you think Brandon Jennings and Jerry Sloan would get along?

It could happen. Sloan, the long time coach of the Jazz who retired a couple years ago mid-season, met with Bucks management to discuss the job, reports Sam Amick at USA Today.

According to two people with knowledge of the situation, the former Utah Jazz coach who resigned abruptly in Feb. 2011 has already met with the Milwaukee Bucks about their vacant coaching position and is being seriously considered.

This is not a lock, the Bucks are casting a wide net. They have already reportedly tried to speak to Stan Van Gundy (and were shot down), interviewed Nate McMillan and Houston assistants Kelvin Sampson and J.B. Bickerstaff. Monday they interviewed Lakers assistant Steve Clifford, reported Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Clifford also interviewed for the Bobcats job. Sampson and McMillan are the names that come up in seemingly every job search.

The Bucks are going to be an interesting team this summer. Monta Ellis is a free agent as is J.J. Redick and it may be tough to keep both. The Bucks can match any offer for Brandon Jennings (but he and Redick were -10 points per 48 minutes when paired this season). Jennings, however, sounds like a guy looking for a big deal from a big market and if he gets it would you really match? There are good players under contract such as Larry Sanders and John Henson.

The question remains what kind of team are they trying to build, and will the coach they hire fit that?

Sloan would be a disciplinarian and bring a flex motion offense that will work in the NBA.

Will it work with Jennings at the point?

  1. halfbaht - May 13, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Carl Landry? Funny, I’m sure I’ve been watching him run about in a Warriors uniform.

  2. padraighansen - May 13, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    This would be a great hire for Milwaukee.

  3. 00maltliquor - May 13, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Hmmm…Sloan on the bench for the Milwaukee Bucks…that sounds VERY interesting! I like! Especially with the kind of players they already have on that team (-Jennings. There’s no way he comes back. Bet that.).

  4. mvp43 - May 13, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Until Kohl sells this team, you could have Red Aurback, Phil Jackon and John Kundla on the bench and it wouldn’t make a difference. The Bucks need a Mark Cuban type owner that will energize the fan base once again. Hammonds is a decent GM, but his hands are tied for the most part because of Kohl. Plus, they’re stuck in the same rutt as almost all but 5 or 6 teams. This is a star driven league and they have no stars. Once in a blue moon, an OC comes along and hits on Kevin Durrant, but that’s to far and few between.

  5. cantonbound13 - May 13, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Sloan should wait to see what other jobs open up. I’m sure he’d be second to Phil for any job out there.

    • melkipershero - May 13, 2013 at 6:58 PM

      Phil is not coaching again. Unless the Heat job opens up.

      • cantonbound13 - May 13, 2013 at 10:28 PM

        He might go after the Kings front office position or OKC if it becomes available.

      • melkipershero - May 13, 2013 at 10:31 PM

        Right. Not coaching again.

  6. cantonbound13 - May 13, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    OKC job may open up. Nothing against Milwaukee but Jerry could be very successful there.

    • patfic15 - May 13, 2013 at 6:53 PM

      I would love that.

  7. mogogo1 - May 13, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Interesting in that while the Bucks have already interviewed Sloan, the Pistons apparently haven’t even though you’d think he’d be on the short list Phil Jackson will recommend. Wonder if the Pistons might be a step slow waiting on consultant Phil to tell them who to hire while other teams’ front offices move quicker.

  8. patfic15 - May 13, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    The one team more boring than Utah….

    • melkipershero - May 13, 2013 at 6:59 PM

      Bucks need to be moving to Seattle and not the Kings.

      • badintent - May 14, 2013 at 12:29 AM

        Not a donedeal, but backchannels working on it/When Payton is not talking, you know something big is up.

  9. ranoversquarells - May 13, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Let both Ellis & Jennings walk. Keep Reddick if the price is reasonable.

  10. kingbuccaneer - May 13, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    will it work? Easy, hell no. If it’s in Milwaukee, nothing is going to work with Jennings. He has 0 aspirations of staying there and can you blame him?

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 14, 2013 at 2:52 AM

      He’ll stay. Just like Gordon was forced to do so. Some schmuck will give him near max, like the Suns did Gordon, and they won’t be able to trade him until the final year of that 5 year, $78 million deal, like the Hornets probably won’t be able to do with Gordon unless they give up a decent player and a role player, and a non-protected pick.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - May 14, 2013 at 2:53 AM

        *will give him near max, and the Bucks will match, because everyone else — Ellis, Redick, Dalembert, etc. are all leaving.

  11. Mr. Wright 212 - May 14, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    They don’t deserve him. But he would be close to home.

  12. DonRSD - May 14, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Please relocate the Bucks.
    Nobody wants to play there.

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