Todd goes for Bucks

STEVE BUFFERY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 12:04 PM ET

Raptors assistant Jim Todd is leaving Hogtown for Beertown.

The Milwaukee Bucks are set to announce later this week that Todd will be joining that organization as an assistant under head coach Larry Krystkowiak.

Todd's departure from Toronto, which came about after about a week of negotiations with Milwaukee, means that the Raptors will promote Mike Evans from the position of scout to assistant coach, joining a staff that includes head coach Sam Mitchell and assistants Alex English and Jay Triano.

The Raptors also have decided to retain the services of shooting consultant Dave Hopla and also will hire a development consultant to work with the team's big men, later this summer.

Reached by Sun Media yesterday, Todd said that he just felt it was time for a change of scenery and Milwaukee was a good choice, given that he had worked for that organization from 1996-98 and then again in 2002 as an assistant coach and in player development before joining the Raptors three seasons ago.

He denied reports that the move the result of any tension between himself and Mitchell.

"I played golf last week with Sam. Sure there was some tension, but that's because he beat me," Todd said with a laugh.

"I've always been comfortable in Milwaukee," the personable New Englander added. "But that's not to say I didn't love Toronto. I love everything about it."

Mitchell and Todd had worked together for five years, three in Toronto and two with the Bucks. Mitchell also denied that any personal issues drove a wedge between them.

"Can't a man go to another team if he wants to?" Mitchell growled, when reached on his cell phone.

Todd is perhaps best known by Raptors fans for his candid insights on TV at halftime during games.

Evans has worked as a scout for three seasons with the Raptors and has an extensive background in the NBA as a player, coach, scout and director of player personnel.

A first-round draft pick by Denver in 1978, Evans played six seasons with the Nuggets before joining their coaching staff in 1990 and took over the head coaching duties of the Nuggets for the final 56 games of the 2001-02 season.


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