Maybe it was merely a coincidence.
Then, again, maybe it wasn’t.
When the Milwaukee Bucks hired Larry Drew as their head coach last week, he may have received a boost from two of the team’s best players: power forward Ersan Ilyasova and center Larry Sanders.
Both of those players are represented by Andy Miller, one of the NBA’s most powerful and influential agents.
While player agents are prohibited from “representing” coaches — in an apparent attempt to avoid a conflict of interest — they can circumvent the rule by being “advisors.”
Miller has served in an advisory role for Drew in the past and has a close relationship with him. Additionally, Miller’s agency represents Larry Drew II, the Bucks’ coach’s son who was UCLA’s starting point guard last season.
Miller and his agency represent several other players in this year’s draft as well, including Sergey Karasev, a 6-foot-7 small forward from Russia. The Bucks have the 15th overall pick and are believed to have more than a passing interest in him.
FALSE REPORT: Contrary to an ESPN report, Miami point guard Shane Larkin didn’t have a “wow” workout with the Bucks. In fact, two observers of Larkin’s workout said he had a decent but hardly special workout.
Both observers also agreed that Phil Pressey, the son of former Bucks standout Paul Pressey, had the best workout among the point guards who auditioned for the Bucks.
Dennis Schröder of Germany was also part of that same Bucks workout. Schröder is generally projected to be a mid-first round selection.
CHANGE OF PLANS: At last month’s pre-draft camp in Chicago, ex-Duke center Mason Plumlee said he intended to work out for the Bucks.
Those plans have been scrapped.
“I don’t think he’s going there; I don’t think that’s a good fit for him,” said Mark Bartelstein, Plumlee’s agent. “They’re loaded with bigs.”
Plumlee is expected to be selected in the vicinity of where the Bucks are picking.
IMPORTANT WORKOUT: The Bucks will resume workouts this week with one of their primary draft candidates expected to be on hand.
That’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, a former Georgia standout who is generally regarded as one of the best shooting guards in the draft.
Caldwell-Pope has already worked out for Cleveland, Portland and Minnesota. He will work out for Boston officials on Thursday, two days before his scheduled workout with the Bucks.
BONUS SHOTS: Bucks assistant general manager Jeff Weltman signed a three-year contract extension with the Bucks during the regular season, but rumblings persist he will eventually end up in a similar position in Toronto this summer. ... Jamaal Franklin, a shooting guard from San Diego State who is projected as a middle to late-first round pick, has been sidelined with a sprained left ankle but is expected to start working out for teams this week. Franklin plans to work out for the Bucks, although a definitive date hasn’t been set. ... It is hardly a slam dunk Lester Connner, Drew’s lead assistant in Atlanta, will follow him to Milwaukee.