Mike Budenholzer agrees to become head coach of Milwaukee Bucks

REPORT: Bucks hire former Atlanta head coach Mike Budenholzer as new head coach

Milwaukee Bucks: Mike Budenholzer is the right choice for the team

Budenholzer parted ways with the Atlanta Hawks in April.

Mike Budenholzer will reportedly become the new head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, and the 16th in franchise history.

It seems the Bucks are bringing out the big guns to edge out their competition. Milwaukee started out the year with Jason Kidd at head coach, but he was sacked following a 23-22 start to his fourth season with the team.

Budenholzer beat a stable of other current and former Spurs assistants for the job, including Becky Hammon, Ettore Messina, and Monty Williams.

The Raptors reportedly want the four-time National Basketball Association champion, but they also have a number of impressive internal candidates.

He was named the NBA Coach of the Year that season. He pulled out of contention for the Suns job after several conversations with ownership and management. Budenholzer had been the Hawks president of basketball operations - until surrendering front office control with the arrival of GM Travis Schlenk in the spring of 2017. 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. The Hawks went 24-58 this season.

Budenholzer spent 17 years as an assistant under Spurs coach Gregg Popovich before his hiring in Atlanta in 2013.

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