Mike Budenholzer Agrees To Become Head Coach Of Bucks

Thursday, 17 May, 2018

Mike Budenholzer has reportedly reached an agreement to become the Milwaukee Bucks head coach.

Current Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer is a hot commodity around the league.

Budenholzer used to be the head coach for the Atlanta Hawks.

Also in the running for the job was Spurs assistant Becky Hammon who would be the first female head coach in National Basketball Association history if she were to be hired by a team.

ESPN's Zach Lowe reported Wednesday morning that Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton ate breakfast with Budenholzer in Milwaukee this morning, and the deal was finished by mid-afternoon.

Budenholzer, who parted ways with Atlanta last month, met with Bucks ownership on Tuesday in NY. While moving on from a coaching job is never easy, it did not take long for Budenholzer to find a new home. They have made the playoffs in three of the past four seasons, but they haven't advanced past the first round since 2000-01 when they made the conference finals.

Those are arguably the two most important players on Milwaukee's roster, so it's clear the team wants to ensure its next coach and its best players will be on the same page.

Jason Kidd was the head coach of the Bucks heading into the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season. Atlanta dropped to 24-58 this season, with the organization's mandate to shed salary and gather draft picks and future assets.

Budenholzer spent 17 seasons working as an assistant with San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. He won the NBA's Coach of the Year award back in 2014-15.