Mike Budenholzer to become the new Bucks head coach

Mike Budenholzer to become the new Bucks head coach

Former Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer has agreed to become the new head coach for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Budenholzer, who previously had coached the Atlanta Hawks, met with Bucks ownership on Tuesday in NY.

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Budenholzer flew to Milwaukee for the Wednesday morning meeting with the Bucks players. It was obviously an attractive job for Budenholzer as the Bucks roster claims one of the best players in the entire league with Giannis Antetokounmpo. Wojnarowski noted the Raptors met with Budenholzer on Monday but didn't offer him a contract.

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Budenholzer and the Hawks parted ways in April, after the two sides could no longer see a path together with the franchise's rebuilding plans and new management structure.

He spoke with the Phoenix Suns and the Knicks about their respective coaching vacancies, but he pulled his name out of discussion for the Suns job.

The 48-year-old Budenholzer was the 2015-16 NBA Coach of the Year but was released from his contract with the Atlanta Hawks at the end of this regular season to pursue other opportunities. He went 213-197 in five years in Atlanta. They had home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs, Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward were out for the Boston Celtics, youth figured to trip up the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Cavaliers needed seven games to get past the Indiana Pacers in the first round. He won four National Basketball Association titles as a member of San Antonio's staff.

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