Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Money | By Arnold Ball

Bucks, Budenholzer Reach Agreement to Become Head Coach

Bucks, Budenholzer Reach Agreement to Become Head Coach

A report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski earlier this week stated the 2015 Coach of the Year is the frontrunner in both the Milwaukee Bucks' and Toronto Raptors' searches.

Mike Budenholzer did not have to wait long to find his next National Basketball Association head coaching job.

The interview process took more than two weeks, and involved more than a half dozen candidates. He'll take over for former interim head coach Joe Prunty who succeeded Jason Kidd after the team's rough start during the 2017-18 season.

In five seasons calling the shots for Atlanta, Budenholzer managed to collect 213 wins against 197 losses in 410 total games on the sidelines. Budenholzer was named NBA Coach of the Year that season.

Budenholzer and the Hawks parted ways in April, after the two sides could no longer see a path together with the franchise's rebuilding plans and new management structure.

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With Budenholzer all but official, there's reason for Bucks fans to not only breathe a sigh of relief, but also get excited about the future. In four seasons under Van Gundy, Detroit missed the playoffs three times, including this season when it finished 39-43.

The Bucks negotiated a deal with Budenholzer's representative on Wednesday, hours after a breakfast meeting with Milwaukee's All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and forward Khris Middleton, league sources said.

"I think a coaching hire just adds to the momentum that we have as an organization, particularly if it's the right person and it helps us win the way that we expect to win".

He previously worked under Gregg Popovich as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs. Despite Antetokounmpo finishing fourth in the league in Defensive Box Plus-Minus previous year, the Bucks' defense ranked in the bottom half of the league in points allowed per 100 possessions. The Bucks also have the No. 17 pick in the draft.

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