Mike Budenholzer a hot coaching candidate in NBA

There are several high-profile NBA jobs still on the open market, and two playoff teams are reportedly looking to add the top available head coach.

According to ESPN, the Toronto Raptors–who finished with the second-best record in the NBA–and the Milwaukee Bucks–an Eastern Conference playoff team, as well–are both looking to lure Mike Budenholzer to their organizations. Budenholzer, long considered one of the league’s best coaches, mutually agreed to part ways with the Atlanta Hawks following the end of the 2017-18 season.

Budenholzer won the 2014-15 NBA Coach of the Year Award, leading the Hawks to 60 wins and an appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Dwane Casey, recently dismissed in Toronto, led the Raptors to 59 wins this past season. The Raptors failed to get past LeBron James once again, however, which played a large role in his ousting.

Both the Bucks and Raptors have plenty to offer Budenholzer, as both have had recent success in the Eastern Conference.

Budenholzer previously interviewed with the New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns, but both franchises have filled their vacancies. The Knicks hired former Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale, while the Suns hired Igor Kokoskov, who is the first European-born NBA head coach.

Prior to taking the Hawks head coaching job, Budenholzer served as a long-time assistant to Gregg Popovich with the San Antonio Spurs.

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