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Mike Budenholzer reaches agreement to become Bucks head coach

17 May 2018

Budenholzer had emerged as the clear frontrunner in recent days, and was reported as having taken a breakfast meeting with Bucks stars Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton on Wednesday morning, following a Tuesday meeting with ownership in NY.

Budenholzer was looking for a new job after parting ways with the rebuilding Atlanta Hawks.

Head coach Mike Budenholzer of the Atlanta Hawks looks on from the bench while playing the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena on November 10, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan.

It seems the Bucks are bringing out the big guns to edge out their competition.

It was reported in early May that Budenholzer was on the list of coaching candidates for the Bucks, along with former Grizzlies coach David Fizdale, former Cavaliers coach David Blatt, Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon and others.

He was named the NBA Coach of the Year that season. 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. He pulled out of contention for the Suns job after several conversations with ownership and management. 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.

The Hawks were Conference Finalists under Budenholzer in 2015, following a 60-win regular season that earned him Coach of the Year honors.

Mike Budenholzer reaches agreement to become Bucks head coach