Mike Budenholzer may bring Darvin Ham, other Hawks assistants to Bucks

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The Toronto Raptors reportedly never extended a contract offer to new Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer.

His NBA head coaching record is 213-197 in the regular season. "His leadership, basketball intellect, championship-level experience and communication skills make him the right fit to take our team to the next level". And according to David Aldridge of NBA.com, Budenholzer isn't going to be the only fresh face with a suit on for the Bucks.


Budenholzer met with team ownership Tuesday, and prior to Wednesday's report, had been considered a favorite for the job. He led Atlanta to 60 wins during the 2014-15 season, earning NBA Coach of the Year honors that season. He previously spent 18 years with the San Antonio Spurs working as the video coordinator and an assistant for head coach Gregg Popovich.

It's unclear what this means for former interim head coach Joe Prunty and current assistants Greg Foster, Stacey Augmon and Sean Sweeney - all of whom are now assistants on the Bucks. The Hawks made it to the Eastern Conference Finals during that season, where they were dispatched in four games by the Cleveland Cavaliers.


Mike Budenholzer was out of work for 20 days.

Expect to see the Bucks end up looking very good for their decision to hire Budenholzer. Giannis Antetokounmpo already raises the Bucks' ceiling on his own, but Milwaukee's average defense held the team back. 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.


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