Clifford among Bucks’ many coaching interviews

Steve Clifford spent five seasons as coach of the Hornets.

Former Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford is interviewing for the Milwaukee Bucks’ coaching vacancy Monday, one of many interviews arranged by the Bucks this week, according to ESPN.

A source familiar with the search told Amico Hoops that ex-Atlanta Hawks’ coach Mike Budenholzer is the Bucks’ early favorite– but that the team will perform its due diligence in interviewing multiple candidates and could potentially go another route. Budenholzer, it is believed, is contemplating taking off next season.

Also, the Pistons parted ways with former coach Stan Van Gundy on Monday, creating some competition for the Bucks.

Clifford, 56, had been Hornets coach since 2013. He led the franchise to the playoffs on two occasions, finishing with an overall record of 196-214.

The Hornets were Clifford’s first job as a head coach. Prior to coming to Charlotte, he served as an assistant with Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets.

Budenholzer is among those expected to interview this week, as is former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt, according to multiple reports.

Others who will interview this week, according to ESPN: Former New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams and San Antonio Spurs assistants Becky Hammon and James Borrego. The Bucks have already interviewed Spurs assistant Ettore Messina.

It appears interim coach Joe Prunty is not a candidate for the job. Prunty replaced Jason Kidd, fired by general manager Jon Horst at midseason.

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