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Report: Sidney Moncrief, Bucks talking

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Bucks are in discussions with franchise icon Sidney Moncrief about returning to the team as an assistant coach, a person with direct knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The person spoke to AP on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been completed. Moncrief's potential move was reported by multiple media outlets, including Yahoo! Sports and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, earlier Wednesday.

Bucks coach Scott Skiles has an opening on his staff after Kelvin Sampson left to join Kevin McHale as an assistant with the Houston Rockets.

Moncrief played 10 of his 11 NBA seasons in Milwaukee, becoming a leader of the Bucks' competitive teams in the 1980s. He was a two-time defensive player of the year.

It's the continuation of an offseason makeover for the Bucks, who shook up their roster after last season's disappointing 35-47 campaign.

Milwaukee made a three-team trade on draft day, acquiring Stephen Jackson, Shaun Livingston and Beno Udrih. The Bucks traded away Corey Maggette, John Salmons and the draft rights to Jimmer Fredette.

Milwaukee came away from the draft with a pair of forwards, Tennessee's Tobias Harris and Wisconsin's Jon Leuer.

The Bucks are scheduled to start the season at San Antonio on Nov. 2, but the NBA's lockout could threaten the beginning of the season.