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Skiles‘ focus on defense was always going to be tested by a roster revolving around Jennings and Ellis, two flashy scorers who prefer to get up and down the court and lure opposing teams into shootouts.

Jennings and Ellis have been giving plenty of effort, but the Bucks were in the middle of the pack in points allowed per game (15th) and field goal percentage defense (18th), below Skiles‘ lofty expectations.

Still, the Bucks are only a few games behind Indiana in the Central Division, despite injuries to Beno Udrih and top defender Mbah a Moute, and in seventh place in the Eastern Conference playoff chase.

Skiles‘ departure could be the first in a series of big shake-ups for the Bucks. Hammond is in the final year of his deal, while Jennings and Ellis can both become restricted free agents after this season.

Hammond said he and team owner Herb Kohl are in discussions about an extension, but he declined to elaborate on the progress of their conversations.

As for Skiles, he is now 443-433 as an NBA head coach in 12-plus seasons, which also includes stints with Chicago and Phoenix. He started this season with a host of new players, though the biggest trade during his tenure was the deal that sent former No. 1 draft pick Andrew Bogut to Golden State for Ellis.

“I never heard Scott say a negative thing to me about that trade or anything else,” Glass said. “Everybody has their own opinions on the way things are done, but Scott was always on board with _ in terms of support _ whatever move was made. … And I think he liked Monta. I never heard him say a word about that at all in a negative sense.”

Glass said it was too early to say whether Skiles was looking to stay in coaching.

“Today is not the day for that … but I’m sure we will discuss that in the next month or so,” he said. “But he’s not burning right now.”

AP Sports Writers Jon Krawczynski in Minneapolis and Andrew Seligman in Chicago and AP Freelancer DiGiovanni in Milwaukee contributed to this report.


Dinesh Ramde can be reached at dramde(at)