BUCKS BEAT: Boylan sticking around

2011-07-07T23:33:00Z BUCKS BEAT: Boylan sticking aroundGERY WOELFEL gwoelfel@journaltimes.com Journal Times

Jim Boylan will be back on the Milwaukee Bucks' bench next season.

Whether Kelvin Sampson is, still remains to be seen.

Boylan, who has been a Bucks assistant coach for the last three seasons, has turned down an offer to join the Phoenix Suns coaching staff.

The Suns were one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA last season and were looking at Boylan to fill their newly-created "defensive" coach position.

Boylan, who played a prominent role in the Bucks being one of the best defensive teams in the league last season, had been in discussions with Suns officials for several weeks.

The scuttlebutt is that after negotiations dragged on and the parties couldn't come to an agreement, Boylan decided to sign a new one-year contract with the Bucks.

Boylan's old contract, like the rest of the Bucks assistant coaches' contracts, were to expire July 1. But just before the NBA draft on June 23, new contracts were extended to all of the assistants.

The new contract offers for the Bucks assistant coaches didn't include any pay decreases. There are, however, some provisions regarding the NBA's current lockout.

While Boylan has opted to remain with the Bucks, that may not be the case with Sampson.

He remains a finalist for the head coaching position for the Detroit Pistons, who are expected to announce the hiring of a new coach within a couple of weeks.

Some Western Conference officials have also indicated the Houston Rockets are interested in hiring Sampson as Kevin McHale's top assistant coach.

Sampson made a strong impression on Rockets officials while interviewing for their head coaching position.

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