After the end of a two-week search, the Bucks have reportedly decided on Budenholzer to be the team's new head coach.
Budenholzer would take over for interim coach Joe Prunty, who took the reins when Jason Kidd was sacked in January. He comes from the Gregg Popovich coaching tree, which is a good sign for the Bucks. He was picked Wednesday to fill that position with the Milwaukee Bucks, less than a month after "Coach Bud" parted ways with the Atlanta Hawks. 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.
Budenholzer met over breakfast with Bucks forwards Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton on Wednesday morning before the team extended a formal offer, according to ESPN. They're hoping that Budenholzer will be able to take them to the next level. Budenholzer was in the running for the Knicks and Raptors jobs in addition to Milwaukee's vacancy.
Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report the news of Budenholzer accepting the Bucks job. Milwaukee will need to upgrade their front-court this offseason, but there is plenty of talent for Budenholzer to work with. A longtime former Spurs assistant in his own right, Budenholzer was hired by the Hawks in 2013, and within two seasons he produced the franchise's first 60-win season, garnering National Basketball Association coach of the year honors in the process.
In five seasons calling the shots for Atlanta, Budenholzer managed to collect 213 wins against 197 losses in 410 total games on the sidelines. They were the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference this season, but they lost to the Cavaliers in the playoffs for the third straight year.