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Report: Bucks fire Griffin; working towards deal with Rivers

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Adrian Griffin has been fired as head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, according to multiple reports.

Griffin, a former Toronto Raptors assistant, was in his first season with the team.

The Athletic's Shams Charania reports the team is working on a deal to make Doc Rivers the Bucks' new head coach.

The Bucks currently sit at 30-13 and second in the Eastern Conference.

Griffin, 49, was in his second stint with the Bucks, having previously served as an assistant from 2008 to 2010. He also served on the staffs of the Chicago Bulls, Orlando Magic and Oklahoma City Thunder before spending the past five seasons with the Raptors with whom he won the 2019 NBA Championship.

A swingman in his playing days, Griffin appeared in 477 career games over nine seasons with the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Bulls and Seattle SuperSonics.

At 43 games, Griffin's tenure is tied for the third-shortest in NBA history.

Rivers, 62, is a veteran of 24 seasons behind an NBA bench. He most recently spent the past three seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Rivers has an all-time mark of 1,097-793 (.590) with the Sixers, Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic. Rivers led the Celtics to an NBA title in 2008 and was named NBA Coach of the Year in 2000.

An All-Star in 1988, Rivers appeared in 864 games as a player across 13 seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, Clippers, New York Knicks and San Antonio Spurs from 1983 to 1996.