Budenholzer to become Bucks' coach


Budenholzer was looking for a new job after parting ways with the rebuilding Atlanta Hawks.

The Bucks may have had a disappointing season with only 44 wins, a first-round exit and a midseason coach firing. And according to David Aldridge of NBA.com, Budenholzer isn't going to be the only fresh face with a suit on for the Bucks. Among the other candidates were another Spurs assistant, Becky Hammon, and Joe Prunty, who took over the Bucks as an interim coach when Jason Kidd was sacked in January.

REPORT: Bucks hire former Atlanta head coach Mike Budenholzer as new head coach
Report: Mike Budenholzer agrees to become head coach of Milwaukee Bucks

For general manager Jon Horst, Budenholzer had always been his top target, and a finalized contract is expected to be completed soon, league sources said. However, they seemingly have taken a step forward on Wednesday.

We'll be back for the next episode of the podcast some time soon, for more talk about Coach Bud and a look toward the Bucks' future. He also interviewed for the Knicks' position. Per reports, he would have breakfast with both Giannis and Khris Middleton Wednesday morning. There's a lot you can do with the talent Milwaukee possesses. Budenholzer had been the Hawks' president of basketball operations - until surrendering front-office control with the arrival of general manager Travis Schlenk in the spring of 2017. He won the NBA's Coach of the Year award back in 2014-15. The Hawks made the playoffs the next two seasons before a 24-58 record left them in last place in the Southeast Division this year. The Hawks reached the playoffs in four of his first five seasons. This former Gregg Popovich assistant has won four championships as a member of the San Antonio Spurs and is a former NBA Coach of the Year (2015).

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