Bucks coaching search: Milwaukee reportedly settles on 3 finalists

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The coaching search in Milwaukee is down to three finalists. Each will meet with the Bucks next week for a second round of interviews.

The Milwaukee Bucks have identified three candidates -- Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew, whose contract expires June 30, Houston Rockets assistant coach Kelvin Sampson and Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Steve Clifford -- as their search for a new coach progresses, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew, Houston Rockets assistant Kelvin Sampson and Los Angeles Lakers assistant Steve Clifford will meet with Bucks officials this week in Milwaukee, sources said.

Clifford will visit Milwaukee again on Tuesday, and Sampson and Drew on Wednesday, league sources said.

Milwaukee will conduct second interviews with all three candidates next week. The Bucks will look to conclude their broad search for interim-coach Jim Boylan's replacement relatively soon. Milwaukee was the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, but the team was swept by the Miami Heat in the opening round of the NBA Playoffs.

For more on the Bucks' coaching search visit Brew Hoop

Wojnarowski also reports Bucks general manager John Hammond has become "increasingly impressed" with the idea of selecting Clifford as their next head coach.

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