Three coaching candidates will return for second interviews this week with the Milwaukee Bucks, a league source confirmed Sunday.

Los Angeles Lakers assistant Steve Clifford is scheduled to interview again Tuesday, while Houston Rockets assistant Kelvin Sampson and Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew will return Wednesday as finalists for the Bucks head coaching position.

No other candidates are currently in the running, according to the source.

The Bucks also previously interviewed former Portland and Seattle coach Nate McMillan and 34-year-old Rockets assistant J.B. Bickerstaff. Bucks officials also met with former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan.

Clifford has close ties to former NBA coaches Jeff Van Gundy and Stan Van Gundy and worked last season as an assistant with the Lakers.

A 1983 graduate of Maine-Farmington, Clifford worked five seasons on Stan Van Gundy's staff in Orlando and was with the Magic when it reached the 2009 NBA Finals.

Clifford worked for Jeff Van Gundy in New York and Houston and was influenced by current Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, who also was a member of the Knicks and Rockets staffs.

Sampson has worked the past two seasons under coach Kevin McHale in Houston following three seasons on the Bucks staff under coach Scott Skiles.

Sampson, 57, forged a strong relationship with Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings, who will be a restricted free agent this summer.

Sampson was a successful college coach with stops at Washington State, Oklahoma and Indiana but had to leave the Hoosiers program due to a telephone recruiting scandal. He twice was named the national coach of the year while at Oklahoma, in 1995 and 2002.

Drew has coached the Hawks for the past three seasons and is still under contract with Atlanta through June 30. But it is expected Hawks general manager Danny Ferry will hire a new coach and he has allowed Drew to pursue other jobs.

Drew, 55, had his initial interview with the Bucks one week ago.