Thunder's Daigneault to miss road trip due to impending birth of child

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Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Mark Daigneault will not travel for their upcoming three-game road trip as his wife is due to give birth, according to The Oklahoman's Joe Mussatto.

Thunder assistant Dave Bliss will take over coaching duties in Daigneault's absence.

"We looked at a couple options of being with the team in terms of travel, and it's not overly practical and it's just not something that I want to risk," Daigneault said.

Oklahoma City will face the Bucks in Milwaukee Friday before traveling to face the Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks. The Thunder won't return home until they host the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.

Daigneault, 36, was promoted to head coach ahead of 2020-21 following one campaign as an assistant on Billy Donovan's staff and five seasons leading the team's G League affiliate.

The rebuilding Oklahoma City squad went 22-50 during his first NBA campaign in charge and is 6-8 through 14 games so far this season.

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