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Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt is among five coaches expected to interview for the Milwaukee Bucks’ coaching vacancy, according to ESPN.
Blatt has already interviewed with the New York Knicks twice.
Other candidates for the Bucks job, per ESPN: Former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer; former Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford; and former New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans coach Monty Williams.
Fizdale reportedly is the frontrunner for the wide-ranging Knicks search.
As for the Bucks, they are looking for a replacement for Jason Kidd, fired at midseason. Interim coach Joe Prunty is not considered a serious candidate despite leading the Bucks to a 21-16 mark to finish the season. Milwaukee also stretched the Boston Celtics to seven games in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Blatt led the Cavaliers to the Finals in his first season as an NBA coach (2014-15). He was fired at the midpoint of the next season despite the Cavs’ 30-11. The Cavs went on to win the championship that season.
Blatt has spent the past two seasons coaching Turkish club Darüşşafaka.
The Bucks could potentially interview more candidates than the five named, ESPN reported. The coaching hire will be Jon Horst’s first as Bucks general manager.