The Milwaukee Bucks are bringing back three candidates to interview a second time for the franchise's head coaching job, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew, Houston Rockets assistant Kelvin Sampson and Los Angeles Lakers assistant Steve Clifford will meet with Bucks officials this week in Milwaukee, sources said.
Clifford will visit Milwaukee again on Tuesday, and Sampson and Drew on Wednesday, league sources said.
Bucks general manager John Hammond has a stronger history with Sampson – who spent two years on the Milwaukee staff under Scott Skiles – but has been increasingly impressed with the possibilities with Clifford, sources said. Clifford has come strongly recommended by three former coaching colleagues that Hammond respects – Chicago's Tom Thibodeau and Stan and Jeff Van Gundy.
In his two years in Houston, Sampson has grown as an NBA coach after decades of success in the college game. He had a strong run as the Rockets' interim coach, while Kevin McHale had to leave the team for several weeks.