The Milwaukee Bucks have found their next head coach. The team has reportedly agreed to a deal with prized-candidate Mike Budenholzer.
According to ESPN, the deal is worth four years, and the team discussed the move with franchise centerpieces Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton. The Bucks were knocked out of the Eastern Conference playoffs in a 7-game thriller against the Boston Celtics.
Interim head coach Joe Prunty had been leading Milwaukee following the dismissal of Jason Kidd.
Budenholzer, who experienced considerable success with the Atlanta Hawks prior to the team’s decision to rebuild, is regarded as one of the league’s top coaches. He won the 2014-15 NBA Coach of the Year Award.
The Toronto Raptors were also in the mix for Budenholzer, as he interviewed with the organization on Monday. The Bucks and Raptors, two playoff teams, were both looking for new signal callers.
The Hawks went 24-58 during the 2017-18 season, and they gave Budenholzer permission to talk to other teams. Following the split, Atlanta hired Philadelphia 76ers assistant Lloyd Pierce to serve as their next head coach.
Budeholzer will enjoy the most talented roster he’s had since the Hawks won 60 games during the 2014-15 season. He will also usher in the next era of Bucks basketball as the team opens up a new arena.
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