Mike Budenholzer Agrees To Become Head Coach Of Bucks

Mike Budenholzer Agrees To Become Head Coach Of Bucks

According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Milwaukee Bucks have officially hired Budenholzer to be their new head coach.

For general manager Jon Horst, Budenholzer was long his top target and a finalized contract is expected to be completed soon, league sources said.

The Bucks fired head coach Jason Kidd during the year.

Budenholzer, who parted ways with Atlanta last month, met with Bucks ownership on Tuesday in NY. This, after he had a second interview with Bucks ownership in NY.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton reportedly had breakfast this morning with the candidate. He is going to be a major upgrade from what Milwaukee has become used to on the sidelines and will help the Bucks get back into serious contention.

He and Atlanta parted ways after a tumultuous season in late April, but other teams covet his leadership. Budenholzer was in the running for the Knicks and Raptors jobs in addition to Milwaukee's vacancy. He pulled out of contention for the Suns job after several conversations with ownership and management. In his fifth season, the Greek Freak has developed into a two-way monster and one of the top 10 players in the National Basketball Association. Budenholzer had been the Hawks president of basketball operations - until surrendering front office control with the arrival of GM Travis Schlenk in the spring of 2017.

During Budenholzer's five years as the head coach of the Hawks, he put together a 213-197 record. The Hawks went 24-58 this season.

Budenholzer spent 17 seasons working as an assistant with San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. Budenholzer won four championships as an assistant with the Spurs.

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