Mike Budenholzer reaches agreement to become Bucks head coach

Mike Budenholzer

Mike Budenholzer

According to multiple reports, the Milwaukee Bucks have hired Mike Budenholzer to become the team's new head coach.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Bucks negotiated a deal with Budenholzer's representative on Wednesday, hours after a breakfast meeting with All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton, league sources said.

Budenholzer was named the NBA Coach of the Year in 2014-15, but agreed to part ways with the Hawks after the season.

Budenholzer beat a stable of other current and former Spurs assistants for the job, including Becky Hammon, Ettore Messina, and Monty Williams. 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.

Before the split, the Hawks gave Budenholzer permission to speak with the Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks for their coaching openings. This, after he had a second interview with Bucks ownership in NY.

Jason Kidd was the head coach of the Bucks heading into the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season.

Considered one of the NBA's best tacticians.

Before becoming a head coach with the Hawks, Budenholzer was an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs for 17 years.

The Milwaukee Bucks have found their man.

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