In a confirmation of news that had been speculated since the moment he and the Atlanta Hawks parted ways, Mike Budenholzer will be the next head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks per a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski:
Mike Budenholzer has reached an agreement to become the Milwaukee Bucks coach, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 16, 2018
Budenholzer and the Hawks terminated their relationship about three weeks ago, at which point the five-year head coach and 19-year assistant instantly became the best coach on the market. The best coach and the best job seemed like the perfect fit and today brings news that the two have found one another with Budenholzer taking his talents to Wisconsin.
His tenure in Atlanta was filled with ups and downs—he was a tremendous coach but left a lot to be desired as a front office executive—but Milwaukee has their man for the foreseeable future as they try to maximize Giannis Antetokounmpo’s prime years.
Budenholzer finished his Hawks career with a record of 213-197 and made four playoff appearances, including Atlanta’s first trip to the conference finals (2015) since they were the St. Louis Hawks. Prior to that, he won four championships as an assistant coach under Gregg Popovich in San Antonio.