Larry Drew is the next head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks.  (Photo:  SI.com)
Larry Drew is the next head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks. (Photo: SI.com)

 

The Milwaukee Bucks have hired Larry Drew as their next head coach, .

The specifics of the deal have yet to be released, but reports say that it is a three year deal with a team option for the fourth year.  This comes as a bit of a surprise, as it was believed that Rockets assistant Kelvin Sampson was the leading candidate for the position (at least among the media) . Nevertheless, Drew is the guy.

Drew spent the last three seasons as head coach of the Atlanta Hawks, amassing a 128-102 record and playoff berths in each of those seasons.  He became available after a first round dismissal via the Indiana Pacers and the Hawks recent hiring of Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer as their next head coach.

The Bucks finished this past season with a 38-44 record, good enough to grab the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.  They were then dismantled by the Miami Heat.