Mike Vorkunov: Knicks have received permission to talk …

Mike Vorkunov: Knicks have received permission to talk to Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer, a league source confirmed. They intend to talk sometime soon, but not sure when. Might be as early as this weekend. Budenholzer had already met with Suns. @Michael Cunningham first with the news.

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Budenholzer met with Suns general manager Ryan McDonough and owner Robert Sarver over the two days, league sources said, after Atlanta granted him permission to meet with Phoenix late last week.
The Suns are considering several head-coaching candidates, but have largely been focused on getting to know Budenholzer -- who is a native of Arizona -- in recent days, league sources said. Phoenix has had informal conversations with former head coaches Steve Clifford (Charlotte), Frank Vogel (Orlando and Indiana) and David Blatt (Cleveland), sources said. The Suns are still considering interim coach Jay Triano.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer has been meeting with Phoenix Suns management and ownership on Monday and Tuesday, and a sense is expected to emerge soon whether there is a pathway to Budenholzer becoming the Suns’ next head coach, league sources tell ESPN.
Budenholzer is planning to meet with Suns officials early next week, league sources said. A native of Arizona, Budenholzer permission to meet with Suns about head coach opening has two years, $14 million-plus left on his contract.
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September 24, 2021 | 5:17 pm EDT Update