Mike Budenholzer Rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: Erie G-League coach Josh Longstaff is finalizing a deal to join Mike Budenholzer’s staff with the Milwaukee Bucks, league sources tell ESPN. Longstaff is working for Jeff Van Gundy and USA Basketball this summer. He had been player development coach w/ Knicks and Thunder in past.
Matt Velazquez: Per source, Mike Budenholzer’s Bucks coaching staff will include five members of his Atlanta staff — Darvin Ham, Taylor Jenkins, Ben Sullivan, Patrick St. Andrews and Charles Lee — as well as Sean Sweeney, who has been on the Bucks’ coaching staff since 2014. Story coming.
Nurse was among the first interviewed by team president Masai Ujiri and general manager Bobby Webster in the middle of May, the week after Casey was let go. The others in that initial group have either been hired elsewhere (former Hawks and current Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer) or are believed to have lost traction in the evaluation process (Raptors assistant Rex Kalamian and Raptors 905 head coach).
An NBA insider indicates the reason Mike Budenholzer chose the Bucks rather than hang in through the Raptors process was expectations. If the Raptors fired a coach who won 59 games, what’s the expectation for the new coach?