Mike Budenholzer Agrees To Become Head Coach Of Bucks

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Mike Budenholzer and the Bucks have reportedly reached an agreement to hire him as their head coach, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

League sources told Wojnarowski that Budenholzer, the former Hawks head coach, had always been the top target of Bucks GM Jon Horst.

Budenholzer and the Atlanta Hawks mutually agreed to part ways just a few weeks ago.

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Ettore Messina was the other finalist for the job.

Budenohlzer met with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton earlier on Wednesday.

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. Budenholzer was in the running for the Knicks and Raptors jobs in addition to Milwaukee's vacancy. He is going to be a major upgrade from what Milwaukee has become used to on the sidelines and will help the Bucks get back into serious contention. 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.

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Milwaukee fired coach Jason Kidd on January 22 after losing four of five games despite an early season trade for Eric Bledsoe and an MVP-quality season from Giannis Antetokounmpo. Atlanta dropped to 24-58 this season, with the organization's mandate to shed salary and gather draft picks and future assets.

Prior to that, Budenholzer worked as an assistant coach for the Spurs for 17 years. He won the NBA's Coach of the Year award back in 2014-15.

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