The Milwaukee Bucks have found their man to lead the franchise moving forward. Former Hawks coach, Mike Budenholzer, will become the next head coach of the Bucks. Milwaukee has been looking for a coach to fill those shoes ever since they fired Jason Kidd during the regular season. Budenholzer has a lengthy track record and gives Milwaukee stability moving forward.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN was the first to report the news:
Mike Budenholzer has reached an agreement to become the Milwaukee Bucks coach, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 16, 2018
Budenholzer is most known for leading the Atlanta Hawks to a 61 win regular season. While that group led by Al Horford, Paul Milsap, Jeff Teague, and DeMarre Carroll never made the finals, coach Bud clearly has established that he knows what he’s doing in this league. Budenholzer got his start as a Gregg Popovich assistant like many head coaches around the league do. Coach Bud was free to look for a new job opportunity this offseason away from Atlanta after the two parties agreed to mutually part ways.
Milwaukee has a unique opportunity ahead of themselves as a small market team that already possesses a star player. The Greek Freak needed a real head coach, that’s a given. The Bucks took the Celtics to a 7th game in the first round of the playoffs and really have a ton of talent on the roster. If Bud can get the most out of guys like Eric Bledsoe and Kris Middleton, there’s no reason the Bucks can’t become one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference moving forward.
It appears like Bud won’t having personnel control from the surface of the deal but that part is unclear at the given moment. The first decision the Bucks will have to make is deciding what to do with restricted free agent, Jabari Parker?