Mike Budenholzer has agreed to a deal in principle to become the Milwaukee Bucks coach, league sources told ESPN. The Bucks negotiated a deal with Budenholzer’s representative on Wednesday, hours after a breakfast meeting with All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpoand Khris Middleton, league sources said.
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Adrian Wojnarowski: Budenholzer is signing a four-year deal, league sources tell ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Mike Budenholzer has reached an agreement to become the Milwaukee Bucks coach, league sources tell ESPN.
Matt Velazquez: Mike Budenholzer will be the next coach of the Milwaukee @Milwaukee Bucks, a league source confirms to the @journalsentinel. Story and more info to come on JSOnline.
Zach Lowe: Giannis Antetokounmpo and Mike Budenholzer had breakfast today in Milwaukee, league sources say.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Milwaukee Bucks ownership meeting with Mike Budenholzer and San Antonio assistant Ettore Messina on head coaching job in New York today, league sources tell ESPN.
The Raptors opened talks with Budenholzer over the weekend, and those conversations were continuing Monday, league sources said. The Bucks considered Budenholzer their front-runner after the opening round of interviews and are working to re-engage him in talks that will include ownership, league sources said.
After the dismissal of highly successful coach Dwane Casey, Toronto is selling the returning core of a 59-win Eastern Conference No. 1 seed, a past NBA Executive of the Year in Masai Ujiri and a streamlined ownership group with immense resources and a willingness to spend. Milwaukee is selling a transcendent young star in Giannis Antetokounmpo, a solid supporting cast and the opening of a new downtown arena next season.
Matt Velazquez: The Bucks will meet with Mike Budenholzer for a second time tomorrow, according to a league source. This interview, unlike the first, also will include ownership.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Mike Budenholzer has emerged as the focus of the Milwaukee and Toronto coaching searches, league sources tell ESPN. Raptors are opening conversations with Budenholzer and Bucks will re-engage with him early this week, sources said.
Gery Woelfel: Mike Budenholzer, considered by some NBA folks as the leading candidate for the Bucks’ head coaching job, has wrapped up his interview with Bucks officials. Budenholzer has made it quite clear for some time he covets the Bucks job.
Gery Woelfel: Mike Budenholzer and the Bucks have agreed to meet soon. Budenholzer and Monty Williams, several league sources, are the frontrunners for the Bucks head coaching job. Bucks have had interest in both individuals for a long time.
Of that list, Budenholzer is probably the most accomplished candidate – at least recently. However, sources believe he will end up as the next coach at Milwaukee if he doesn’t choose to sit out a year and collect his money from the Hawks. Stackhouse is a frontrunner for the Orlando job and Blatt – a good friend and college teammate of Mills – has a drama-filled stint in Cleveland that shrouds his aspirations of getting back into the NBA.
Can you address reports you’ve been working back channels to get insight on the Milwaukee job? Mike Budenholzer: “Not true.” Q: Can you say with 100 percent certainty that you’ll be back as Hawks’ coach, assuming it’s up to you? A: “I’m … literally the season just ended.” Q: You are kind of not answering the question. A: “Jeff, I’m not going there.”
As for the rumors, Schlenk said: “I would just say: They’re rumors, to the best of my knowledge. Nobody has called me, but he’s a good coach. I could understand why other teams would have interest.”
What’s more, multiple sources said two current head coaches — Doc Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers and Mike Budenholzer of Atlanta – have more than a passing interest in the Bucks’ job and coaching the NBA’s brightest young star in Giannis Antetokounmpo. Some NBA officials said Budenholzer, who guided the Hawks to 60 wins just three seasons ago when he was accorded NBA’s Coach of the Year honors, also doesn’t want to be part of an extensive rebuild in Atlanta.
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After missing all of last season due to injury, Brandon Knight is back and looking forward to becoming a leader for the Suns young core. The 26-year-old point guard used the time off the court as a learning experience to help build his leadership skills. “When you can’t play, you can’t affect the game on the court,” Knight said. “I just found other ways to try to help my teammates be better. Whether that be telling tidbits I saw when I observed. I just tried to be a veteran presence on our team and just lead through that.”
Knight is just two years removed from his highest scoring average of his career (19.6 ppg) and is ready to get back on the court. “I’ve been excited since December, since I started running. I’m looking forward to it. I’m very excited about it,” Knight said.
Knight is ready to team up with the young core and build something special in Phoenix. “I already know how I can help and how I can play with them. I know their strengths and weaknesses just from watching them all season,” Knight said. “Hopefully it will be quick building chemistry with them once I get back in, once I get back playing.”
Curry reveals details about the arguments that Green and Golden State head coach Steve Kerr get into that wind up stopping practices, but he adds that by the end of practice, it’s like nothing ever happened. “The respect level between them two is at an all-time high,” Curry says to Simmons, “but they have their moments, and it’s just amazing entertainment to watch in practice.”
Stephen Curry: “Coach’s first year, we were doing some five-on-five drill, and Draymond loves talking trash to the whole team. It doesn’t matter if it’s me. Shaun Livingston was posting me up on the block, and I had no chance to try to contest the shot. He did a little Shaun Livingston vintage turnaround. Draymond’s like, ‘He’s too small, Dot! He’s too small, Dot! Baby food!’ Like yelling all that stuff during the middle of practice, and he’s on my team. Like bro, come on.”
Pro basketball player Rudy Gay is part of a new edtech initiative in his hometown. Through a partnership with D.C.–based EVERFI, Gay’s Flight 22 Foundation is supporting entrepreneurship courses in Baltimore high schools. According to a news release, the Foundation is offering an interactive, web-based course designed to teach students to think entrepreneurially about business and life.”
“The Flight 22 Foundation is dedicated to providing quality entrepreneurial education to the students and families of in the communities we serve,” Gay said in a statement. “We know that our partnership with EVERFI will ensure we truly reach students and give them the skills to be our future leaders.”