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BUCKS CLEAN HOUSE: The Milwaukee Bucks have fired all three of the team's assistants in an effort to move the organization in a different direction.

In a news release Friday, new coach Chris Ford said he will begin interviewing and assembling a new assistant coaching staff immediately to replace Frank Hamblen, Jim Eyen and Butch Carter."I, and the entire Milwaukee Bucks organization, appreciate the efforts and expertise that Frank, Jimmy and Butch brought to this franchise," Ford said.

"When I was hired, I was given the opportunity to select my own assistants. After meeting with each member of the current staff individually, the decision has been made to go in a new direction."

Ford, 47, was hired by the Bucks on June 15 after the team endured a 25-57 season.

CASEY JOINS NETS: Don Casey, a former Los Angeles Clippers head coach who spent the last six seasons as an assistant with the Boston Celtics, has joined John Calipari's staff with the New Jersey Nets.

Nets spokesman John Mertz said Saturday that Casey, 59, reached an agreement late Friday, but has not yet signed the deal.