Mavs’ Carlisle denies rumor he’s interested in Bucks’ job

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle says he is happy right where he is.

Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle has denied a report that he is interested in the Milwaukee Bucks’ coaching vacancy.

“Rumors that I have interest in the Milwaukee Bucks’ job are completely inaccurate,” Carlisle said Wednesday night via a statement he issued. “I work for Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks.”

Carlisle is under contract with the Mavericks until the 2021-22 season. He is the league’s third-longest-tenured coach, behind only San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich and Miami’s Erik Spoelstra.

The Bucks are not expected to bring back interim coach Joe Prunty, who took over for Jason Kidd at midseason after Kidd was fired. Milwaukee’s brass is conducting a very thorough coaching search and will be interviewing up to as many as 10 candidates, a league source told AmicoHoops.

The Bucks interviewed former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer on Tuesday and he is considered the early frontrunner for the job, sources said.

The Bucks are also planning to meet with San Antonio Spurs assistants Ettore Messina and Becky Hammon, former Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford, former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt and former New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams in the next several days.