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Bucks part with Boylan

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Jim Boylan will not return as head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks next season.

"At this time we feel it's in the best interest of the organization to seek a new coach to lead our team," general manager John Hammond said. "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."

According to reports, former Bucks assistant Kelvin Sampson -- who was fired by Indiana before joining Skiles' staff -- and former Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy top Hammond's wish list of candidates.

Boylan went 22-28 as the interim coach of the Bucks after replacing Scott Skiles on Jan. 9, 2013, for the second time in his coaching career. Boylan previously stepped into head coaching duties on Christmas Eve 2007 when the Chicago Bulls fired Skiles.

Hammond said when Boylan was elevated to head coach with the Bucks that the franchise was not in dire straits and expecting good things to happen.

The Bucks made the postseason, but made an immediate exit last week, suffering a four-game sweep at the hands of the defending champion Miami Heat.

Skiles spent four-plus seasons with the Bucks, and Boylan was the lead assistant for the past four seasons prior to taking the interim tag.

Point guard Brandon Jennings and backcourt mates Monta Ellis and JJ Redick could all move on in the offseason.

Redick, acquired from Orlando in February, is an unrestricted free agent and Jennings is a restricted free agent. Ellis hold a player option worth $11 million for next season and might exercise it if he senses the market will produce a long-term deal.
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