ESPN is reporting that Mike Budenholzer has reached an agreement to become the next head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks.
This is a developing story. There were quite a few other names mentioned as coaches of interest for the Bucks, but Budenholzer is one of the most underrated head coaches in the National Basketball Association.
Ettore Messina was the other finalist for the job.
The 48-year-old's time in Atlanta was widely considered to be successful, but as ownership looked to initiate a full rebuild, Budenholzer was eager to move on for another opportunity with a greater readiness to be competitive. While moving on from a coaching job is never easy, it did not take long for Budenholzer to find a new home.
"It is a relatively unprecedented move in a head coaching search, but it clearly reflects the Bucks determination to make Antetokounmpo and Middleton feel a part of the process". Unfortunately, players like Al Horford, Jeff Teague, and Paul Millsap ended up going elsewhere and the Hawks were one of the worst teams in the National Basketball Association in 2017-18. 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.
Budenholzer led Atlanta to a 60-win season during the 2014-15 season. 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. Atlanta dropped to 24-58 this season, with the organization's mandate to shed salary and gather draft picks and future assets.
Before becoming a head coach with the Hawks, Budenholzer was an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs for 17 years. He won four National Basketball Association titles as a member of Spurs' staff.