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Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer is bringing over five of his assistant coaches from the Hawks.
Darvin Ham, Taylor Jenkins, Ben Sullivan, Patrick St. Andrews and Charles Lee will be joining Budenholzer's staff. Sean Sweeney, who has been with the Bucks since 2014, will remain on the coaching staff. Jun 7 - 10:35 AM
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The Bucks have hired Mike Budenholzer as their next head coach, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

It's a four-year contract and it didn't take long for Budenholzer to land another head coaching job after parting ways with the Hawks in late April. He's previously been connected to the Raptors and Knicks, but will instead take over a coveted position for the young and talented Bucks, hoping to push Giannis Antetokounmpo and company into championship contention. He compiled a 213-197 record (.520) in five seasons with Atlanta, including Coach of the Year honors in 2015, and it's a strong hire for the ascendant Bucks.
May 16 - 7:16 PM

Milwaukee Bucks ownership is meeting with Mike Budenholzer and Ettore Messina in New York on Tuesday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

It was reported yesterday that Budenholzer was the focus of both the Milwaukee and Toronto coaching searches. Now it appears that Coach Bud and Messina, currently an assistant in San Antonio, are finalists for the Bucks job. The head coaching gig in Milwaukee is arguably the most attractive job available, as it is an opportunity to coach Giannis Antetokounmpo into his prime.
May 15 - 12:38 PM

Mike Budenholzer has emerged as the "focus" of the Milwaukee and Toronto coaching searches according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Budenholzer has been linked to the Bucks since the beginning of May, and it was reported on May 11 that Raptors president Masai Ujiri has "strong interest" in coach Bud as well. Both teams are set up to compete right away which appeals to Budenholzer, something that the Suns weren't able to provide.
May 14 - 10:11 AM

Raptors president Masai Ujiri has "strong interest" in Mike Budenholzer, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

It's safe to assume that Ujiri and the Raptors have a potential replacement or two lined up, as it is unlikely they would fire Dwane Casey, the 2017-18 Coach of the Year without some sort of backup plan. Assistant coach Nick Nurse and Raptors 905 (G-League) head coach Jerry Stackhouse are other possible candidates. Toronto would seem to be the ideal landing spot for Budenholzer, as this Raptors team is built to win right now.
May 11 - 1:07 PM

The Bucks will reportedly pursue Mike Budenholzer to potentially fill their head coaching vacancy.

Joe Prunty served as interim head coach this past season after Jason Kidd was fired. Milwaukee went 21-16 under his stewardship, before losing to the shorthanded Celtics in the first round. It's unlikely they promote him. Budenholzer, the former Coach of the Year, is the most qualified candidate on the market. He will likely be very interested in having the opportunity to coach Giannis Antetokounmpo.
May 1 - 9:11 AM

The Knicks have "ramped up their background work" on Mike Budenholzer and David Blatt, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.

Budenholzer, the former Hawks coach, met with New York last Sunday. Former Cavs coach David Blatt was interviewed by the Knicks in Europe on Thursday. The Knicks have interviewed nine potential candidates in total, but it appears they may have narrowed their search down to two names.
Apr 28 - 11:49 AM

Mike Budenholzer made a "strong impression" on Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry during his interview, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.

Budenholzer met with the Knicks front office last weekend as New York looks to find a replacement for the recently-fired Jeff Hornacek. Budenholzer has parted ways with Atlanta, so any team that hires him does not have to worry about sending compensation to the Hawks. According to Post, Budenholzer views the Knicks as his "top choice."
Apr 27 - 9:31 AM

The Hawks and coach Mike Budenholzer have agreed to part ways, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Budenholzer has withdrawn from the Suns coaching search but he's still a candidate for the Knicks' vacant job. Among the league's assistant coaches Atlanta might consider to replace him, Woj mentions Stephen Silas (Hornets), Nate Tibbetts (Blazers), David Vanterpool (Blazers), Ime Udoka (Spurs) and James Borrego (Spurs). No matter what else happens, we expect to see Budenholzer pacing the sidelines in the NBA next season.
Apr 25 - 10:15 PM

According to a source of Marc Berman of The New York Post, the Knicks are Mike Budenholzer's top choice.

"If they offered him the job, he’d say yes. He wants to live in New York.’’ Budenholzer was in advanced talks with the Suns before turning them down for unknown reasons, so we'll see if the Knicks can close the deal. Coach Bud has two years and $13 million remaining on his deal with the Hawks, so the Knicks may have to offer some compensation to pry him away.
Source: NY Post
Apr 23 - 10:02 AM

The Knicks plan to talk to Hawks coach Budenholzer about their coaching vacancy, according to Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Suns missed their chance on Coach Bud, and it's possible that Budenholzer talks to the Bucks at some point this month. He could also stay with the Hawks for the rest of his contract.
Apr 20 - 4:40 PM

Mike Budenholzer has withdrawn from consideration for the Phoenix Suns head coaching job, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of

This isn't the best look for the Suns, or it could be that Budenholzer is getting interest from teams like the Knicks. With the Hawks making some changes to their front office, it's possible Coach Bud is headed out of the ATL.
Apr 19 - 10:27 PM

Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer met with the Suns on Monday and Tuesday about their open head coaching position.

Budenholzer has two years and more than $13 million left on his contract in Atlanta, so the Suns may have to offer the Hawks some compensation if they choose to offer him the job. The Suns are also considering recently-fired coaches Steve Clifford (Charlotte), Frank Vogel (Orlando and Indiana), David Fizdale (Memphis) and David Blatt (Cleveland), but it's clear that Budenholzer is the favorite for the job.
Source: ESPN
Apr 18 - 9:33 AM

The Hawks have granted coach Mike Budenholzer permission to speak with the Suns about their head-coaching vacancy, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of

The coach is from Arizona and the Suns are reportedly going to be aggressive on hiring their next coach. Budenholzer still has two years left on his deal, so there's more to this story than the Suns just talking to him. After a rough year in Atlanta, maybe Coach Bud would be open to a move.
Apr 13 - 7:30 PM

General manager Travis Schlenk said the Hawks could look to move up from the 19th pick in the draft.

He also said the team is looking at nine players to take at No. 19. While the Hawks only have one first-round pick this year, they do have two first-round picks for each of the next two drafts. Basically, this isn't really news and it's standard for any front office.
Fri, Jun 2, 2017 05:45:00 PM