Scott Skiles wanted to quit Bucks to pursue Magic coaching job, according to report

Scott Skiles - Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

The Bucks and Skiles mutually agreed to part ways on Monday, but a report Sunday indicates the coach wanted to leave Milwaukee sooner than he did in order to pursue Orlando's coaching vacancy.

After four-plus seasons, the Milwaukee Bucks and coach Scott Skiles agreed to part ways on Monday, not long after a report by David Aldridge of NBA.com indicating that Skiles had no interest in signing a contract extension with the club surfaced. Gary Washburn adds more context to the separation between Skiles and the Bucks in this column, noting that "Skiles wanted out months ago," and that he was "banking" on landing the Orlando Magic's then-open coaching job.

Skiles played four seasons for Orlando and was, until Monday, its all-time leader in assists. He also set the NBA's single-game record for assists while in a Magic uniform.

Skiles was unable to get out of his Milwaukee contract in time to make a run for Orlando's coaching position, which ultimately went to Jacque Vaughn, a 37-year-old with no head-coaching experience. Skiles, 48, owns a career coaching record of 443-433 (.506) over parts of 13 seasons with the Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns, and Bucks.

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