The Milwaukee Bucks have decided not to offer a new contract to interim head coach Jim Boylan, meaning they will be among the teams looking for a new coach this offseason.
Boylan, who took over for Scott Skiles in the middle of the season, had a 22-28 record as the Bucks closed out the regular season by capturing the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference. Then, they suffered a four-game sweep at the hands of the Miami Heat in the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs.
C.F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel had the report on Twitter:
Jim Boylan is out as Bucks coach, source indicates. He went 22-28 at end of season after replacing Scott Skiles.— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) May 1, 2013
Milwaukee sent out a press release, per the team's official site via NBA.com, that confirmed the news. General manager John Hammond met with Boylan on Wednesday morning before the decision was final, and had this to say about the choice not to retain the interim coach:
At this time we feel it’s in the best interest of the organization to seek a new coach to lead our team...We appreciate Jim’s efforts not only in his time as head coach, but in his entire tenure as a coach in Milwaukee. On behalf of the Bucks organization, I thank Jim for his five years here and his many contributions on and off the court. We wish Jim and his wife, Jane, the best.
Per the release, the search for a new head coach will start immediately.
According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Bucks already have two targets in mind:
With Jim Boylan out as interim coach, Stan Van Gundy and Kelvin Sampson will be two top targets for Milwaukee, league sources tell Y!— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) May 1, 2013
Skiles was fired on Jan. 8 (h/t Washington Times), three days after a 15-point loss to the Indiana Pacers. The loss dropped the Bucks to 16-16 at the time.
The team finished with a 38-44 record, faltering down the stretch under Boylan.
What are your thoughts on this decision?
The Bucks lost seven of their last nine games, cementing their spot at the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff picture and a first-round matchup with the Heat.
Despite point guard Brandon Jennings' strong words that the Bucks would win the series in six games, the team lost all four of its games against the Heat by double digits—including Game 4, in which Dwyane Wade did not play for Miami.
With that series loss fresh on their minds and the impending free agency for Jennings, Monta Ellis and J.J. Redick, the Bucks' announcement on Wednesday certainly comes with more questions than answers when looking at the long-term future of the franchise.