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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Shams Charania: Sources @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: The Indiana Pacers are signing guard Stephan Hicks from G League affiliate Fort Wayne on a 10-day contract.
“Next game in Atlanta is big for us and the one after that (too) because we can’t keep digging ourselves such a hole,’’ said Vucevic, whose 27-point, six-rebound, four-assist and two-block effort wasn’t nearly enough in Saturday’s 118-108 loss to the Bucks. “This is it for us. Every game for us on the board is like a Game 7. We don’t have any margin for error any more. This is it for us and this is our season. So, we either show that we’re built to do this or not. So, we’ll see how we all react.’’
“We’re (eight) games under .500 and it’s still not over,’’ Vucevic said of the team’s playoff chase. “We’re three or four games out and things can turn around quickly, but it has to be done. If we keep losing and keep sliding and there’s too much of a gap, the teams in front of us aren’t going to lose that many games. It’ll be hard for us to go on, like, a 10 or 11-game winning streak. We have to do it right now. Every game, we have to bring it and play at our best for 48 minutes and try to win as many games as we can until the (All-Star) break.’’
Tommy Beer: As of Wednesday, no team in NBA history had ever attempted more than 61 three-pointers in an NBA game. Over the Rockets past two games, they are averaging 69 three-point attempts per game.
Nick Friedell: Kerr says the plan for Cousins’ minutes remains about the same vs. Lakers. They’d like to get him a few more — maybe around 20 — but they liked the way he came through his first game against Clippers.
Mark Montieth: Just got word that Jimmy Rayl, a.k.a. The Splendid Splinter, passed away this afternoon. He was Mr. Basketball in 1959, set a Big Ten scoring record with 56 points at IU and was an original Pacer. Helluva good guy. Nobody loved playing basketball more than him. Story coming soon.