According to a report from Marc Stein of ESPN on Wednesday morning, the Milwaukee Bucks will bolster their 2016-2017 coaching staff. Per the Wednesday morning report, the Bucks are “closing in on hiring” longtime NBA forward Stacey Augmon as an assistant coach under head coach Jason Kidd.
Augmon is now expected to formally join the Bucks’ coaching staff prior to the start of training camp, which gets underway later in the month of September. He previously worked with Milwaukee’s summer league team throughout July, presumably landing him his latest role as an assistant coach.
After being considered one of the up-and-coming teams in the league, the Bucks encountered a disappointing campaign in 2015-2016 while Augmon’s presence along the bench could aid the franchise’s attempt at a bounce back season come the fall.
The 48-year-old was a former UNLV standout and played 15 seasons of NBA basketball. However, Augmon most recently spent the last five seasons as an assistant coach at UNLV. Although hoping to be considered as a candidate to take over as UNLV’s head coach, he was ultimately passed over after Dave Rice left his post at the school. Instead UNLV hired Chris Beard and Marvin Menzies after Beard left to coach Texas Tech after only a week.
Augmon does have previous NBA coaching experience, however. Before heading to Las Vegas, he served as an assistant coach for the Denver Nuggets for four seasons.
As a NBA player, Augmon suited up for the Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, Charlotte Hornets, Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons.