Milwaukee Bucks reportedly hire Mike Budenholzer as new head coach

Milwaukee Bucks reportedly hire Mike Budenholzer as new head coach

Milwaukee Bucks reportedly hire Mike Budenholzer as new head coach

The Bucks have hired Mike Budenholzer as their next head coach, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Current Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer is a hot commodity around the league.

Budenholzer has experience as an National Basketball Association head coach, having last coached the Atlanta Hawks from 2013-18.

Head coach Mike Budenholzer of the Atlanta Hawks is interviewed at the Pepsi Center on January 10, 2018 in Denver, Colorado.

The agreement coming hours after a breakfast meeting between Budenholzer and All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo. Interim coach Joe Prunty led the team to a 21-16 record and took them to Game 7 of their first round series against the Boston Celtics.

That direction will not include Budenholzer, even though Toronto met with him before he agreed to join the Bucks.

Budenholzer won his coach of the year award after a 60-victory regular season and a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2016.

The Bucks fired head coach Jason Kidd during the year. Milwaukee will need to upgrade their front-court this offseason, but there is plenty of talent for Budenholzer to work with. Atlanta made the playoffs in four of his five seasons, which has to be music to Milwaukee's ears.

Expect to see the Bucks end up looking very good for their decision to hire Budenholzer.

The Bucks have found their next coach.

Alongside Antetokounmpo, the Bucks have players like Eric Bledsoe, Khris Middleton, Malcolm Brogdon, and Thon Maker.

If the Bucks defense improves under Budenholzer, like everybody expects it to, then Milwaukee is going to be a strong challenger in the East.

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