Report: Bucks narrow coaching search to three

Report: Larry Drew, Kelvin Sampson and Steve Clifford will all return for second interviews.

The Milwaukee Bucks will bring back three candidates for a second round of interviews for their  vacant head coaching position, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Hawks head coach Larry Drew, Rockets assistant coach Kelvin Sampson and Lakers assistant coach Steve Clifford will all meet with the Bucks next week for their second interview.

According to Yahoo! Sports, Clifford will meet with the Bucks on Tuesday, while Sampson and Drew will be in town for meetings on Wednesday.

Drew, who is under contract with Atlanta until June 30, is 128-102 with the Hawks in three seasons as head coach.

Sampson recently finished his second season under Kevin McHale in Houston, as the Rockets finished 45-37 and took top-seeded Oklahoma City to Game 6 in their first round series.

Prior to joining the Rockets, Sampson spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Bucks, joining Scott Skiles' staff prior to the 2008-09 season.

A defensive-minded coach, Clifford has spent the majority of his career coaching under Jeff and Stan Van Gundy. When the Bucks approached Stan Van Gundy about the possibility of interviewing for their job, Van Gundy declined but offered a strong recommendation for Clifford.

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