The Milwaukee Bucks' list of coaching finalists was reduced to two Monday when Los Angeles Lakers assistant Steve Clifford agreed to become the new coach of the Charlotte Bobcats.

Clifford had been scheduled for a second interview with Bucks officials Tuesday.

But reports surfaced Monday afternoon that Clifford would join the Bobcats, and a source close to Clifford confirmed the deal. USA Today reported Clifford's deal was for two years with a team option for the third year, with the total package being $6 million for all three years.

That leaves the Bucks to focus on two candidates: Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew and Houston Rockets assistant Kelvin Sampson. Both are scheduled for second interviews with Milwaukee this week.