Scott Skiles Is Out In Milwaukee?: USA Today’s Sam Amick is reporting that the Milwaukee Bucks and head coach Scott Skiles have mutually agreed to part ways.
Word had leaked over the weekend that Skiles informed the team he would not be looking to stay on beyond his current contract, which ends in July, although the spin coming out of Milwaukee was they wanted Skiles to stay open minded about a possible return this summer.
It seems that things changed pretty aggressively over the last few days. Skiles will be replaced by assistant coach Jim Boylan and Skiles will be leaving the team immediately.
Skiles and General Manager John Hammond are both in the final years of their contracts and it’s been suggested more than a few times that failing to make the playoffs this year would result in a major house cleaning by ownership.
Skiles had put his Milwaukee home on the market last February as most expected him to be fired during this past offseason. The Bucks opted to keep Skiles and he was having some level of success this season. Milwaukee is 16-16 on the year but has lost four straight games. However, they still remain in eighth place in the East.
Skiles has drawn criticism from his veteran players, mainly because he’s opted to play his younger guys and not the veterans.
The Bucks traded for Samuel Dalembert during the offseason and he has logged time in 16 of Milwaukee’s 32 games. Veteran big man Drew Gooden has seen action in just nine games. The most glaring issue is that last year’s standout Ersan Ilyasova, who signed a new five-year, $40 million contract this summer, has seen his numbers drop off tremendously and has openly questioned his fit in Milwaukee.
The Bucks are expected to formally announce the move today.