Sources: Bucks to hire Warriors assistant Stotts

Updated: July 7, 2005, 11:33 PM ET
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The Milwaukee Bucks are expected to hire Terry Stotts as their new head coach, NBA coaching sources told ESPN.com's Andy Katz.

Stotts, an assistant with the Golden State Warriors, left the Warriors' summer-league team on Thursday to fly to Milwaukee. According to sources, Stotts met with the Bucks on Thursday to discuss job specifics.

Unable to get a firm commitment from top candidate Flip Saunders, the Bucks, as ESPN.com reported on Wednesday, requested permission from the Warriors to speak to Stotts.

After announcing in early May that Terry Porter would be back for the final year of his contract following a 30-52 season, Milwaukee unexpectedly fired Porter on June 22 to pursue Saunders and Doug Collins.

Collins has since asked out of the Bucks' search after initially showing serious interest, but Milwaukee has been waiting on an answer from Saunders after owner Herb Kohl made what sources describe as a "substantial" multiyear offer.

Saunders is believed to be waiting to see what happens in Detroit. He's widely considered a prime candidate to replace Larry Brown if Brown leaves the Pistons.

Kohl, though, has apparently grown impatient waiting for Saunders, who is scheduled to earn $5.5 million from the Timberwolves next season if he doesn't coach.

Upon firing Porter, Milwaukee let it be known that it was looking to hire a more experienced coach. The Bucks were hopeful of signing Saunders or Collins before the free-agent period began last Friday to help convince star guard Michael Redd to re-sign.

Stotts has only a season and a half of NBA head-coaching experience -- going 52-85 in Atlanta after replacing Lon Kruger just after Christmas in the 2002-03 season -- but does have a pre-existing relationship with Redd from his stint as a Bucks assistant under George Karl. Stotts is also said to be a Kohl favorite after spending four seasons in Milwaukee.

The Bucks reached a deal with free-agent guard Michael Redd worth $90 million to $96 million over six years on Thursday. Redd had visited Cleveland on Wednesday.

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