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Bucks coach Skiles, GM Hammond feel hot seat

CBSSports.com wire reports

As another bitterly disappointing season winds down for the Milwaukee Bucks, the speculation is starting to rise about the futures of coach Scott Skiles and general manager John Hammond.

The Bucks, who lost to the Pacers 118-109 on Thursday in Indianapolis, are three games behind the 76ers for the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Considering the Bucks have just four games remaining, their playoff hopes are on a respirator.

If the Bucks fail to advance to postseason play, it would mark the third time in four seasons that they missed the playoffs under the Hammond-Skiles regime.

Skiles has also had his share of run-ins with his players during his Bucks tenure, including much-publicized ones with Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson earlier this season. Both Bogut and Jackson were traded last month to the Warriors.

As for Hammond, several of his moves in the last two years have backfired. After acquiring Corey Maggette from the Warriors two summers ago, Hammond dealt him last summer for Jackson, widely perceived as another malcontent.

While Skiles and Hammond each have one year remaining on their contracts -- Skiles for about $5 million and Hammond for about $2 million -- Bucks owner Herb Kohl hasn't been reluctant to fire coaches or GMs with time still left on their contacts, including George Karl, who had $8 million left on his deal.

The Bucks' next game is Saturday night, when they host the Nets at the Bradley Center.

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