There was a rumor out of Wisconsin this week that Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle was interested in the Bucks’ vacant head coaching job. There was one huge caveat to the rumor: “If that’s true.”
Carlisle said late Wednesday, in no uncertain terms, that it wasn’t.
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He released a statement, later tweeted by Marc Stein of The New York Times, that he was not looking to leave Dallas.
Rick Carlisle just issued the following statement: “Rumors that I have interest in the Milwaukee Bucks’ job are completely inaccurate. I work for Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks.”
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) May 10, 2018
Carlisle last month wrapped up his 10th season as Dallas’ coach. He guided the Mavericks to a 24-58 record amid talk by Cuban that it was in the franchise’s best interest to tank and lose more. The NBA fined the franchise $600,000 for his comments .
Milwaukee has been interviewing candidates to replace interim coach Joe Prunty, who led the team to the Eastern Conference playoffs after replacing the fired Jason Kidd in midseason. The Bucks lost their first-round series to the Celtics in seven games. ESPN reported Spurs assistant Becky Hammon is among the candidates. She would become the first woman to be named an NBA head coach.