Bucks reportedly agree to terms with Mike Budenholzer as new head coach


The Bucks are hiring Mike Budenholzer as their next head coach, ESPN is reporting.

ESPN had reported on Tuesday that Budenholzer, the front-runner for the Bucks job, and San Antonio Spurs assistant Ettore Messina, the other finalist, were meeting with ownership in a second round of interviews.

Budenholzer, who previously had coached the Atlanta Hawks, met with Bucks ownership on Tuesday in NY.

Listen as Steve and Jeffrey Gorman explain why Budenholzer will be a ideal fit for the Milwaukee Bucks and the impact he will have on the Eastern Conference for years to come.

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.

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He spoke with the Phoenix Suns and the Knicks about their respective coaching vacancies, but he pulled his name out of discussion for the Suns job.

Considered one of the NBA's best tacticians.

Budenholzer also spent 17 seasons as an assistant under famed Spurs' head coach Gregg Popovich.

Budenholzer was the NBA's Coach of the Year in the 2014-15 season with the Atlanta Hawks. The future is bright, however, and Jon Horst believes Budenholzer is the right choice to steer 23 year-old superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo and the rest of the Bucks past the first round of the playoffs.