Milwaukee Bucks senior vice president Alex Lasry denied a report Tuesday about the team having a list of potential coaching candidates it wishes to pursue this offseason.
Stein reported Jeff Van Gundy, Kevin McHale, Rick Pitino, Monty Williams and David Fizdale were potential candidates for the position.
The Bucks fired Jason Kidd in January after a 23-22 start. Joe Prunty has served as the team's interim head coach since Kidd's dismissal, leading the team to a 14-11 record.
Van Gundy regularly appears on the lists of coaching candidates for high-profile jobs, but he has yet to be coaxed out of the broadcast booth. McHale last coached the Houston Rockets during the 2015-16 season, while Fizdale and Pitino both were recently fired from their respective positions.
Louisville let Pitino go last year after he was named in the FBI probe into college basketball corruption. Meanwhile, the Memphis Grizzlies fired Fizdale this season after a 7-12 start. Williams last coached as an assistant with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Bucks job could be the most attractive position available this summer, in large part due to Giannis Antetokounmpo. The All-Star forward is under contract through the 2020-21 season and is quickly cementing himself as one of the NBA's best young players.
While injuries to Jabari Parker, Malcolm Brogdon and Khris Middleton have hindered Milwaukee in recent years, the team's promising core of young talent should be attractive to any coach.