Milwaukee Bucks set to hire former Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer

Mike Budenholzer did not have to wait long to find his next NBA head coaching job. He was picked Wednesday to fill that position with the Milwaukee Bucks, less than a month after “Coach Bud” parted ways with the Atlanta Hawks.

The choice by the Bucks, confirmed by The Washington Post’s Tim Bontemps, ends a two-week process in which the team reportedly narrowed down its list of preferred candidates to Budenholzer and San Antonio Spurs assistant Ettore Messina. Among the other candidates were another Spurs assistant, Becky Hammon, and Joe Prunty, who took over the Bucks as an interim coach when Jason Kidd was fired in January.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Budenholzer spent Wednesday morning having breakfast with Milwaukee’s two star forwards, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton, before the team negotiated the parameters of a four-year contract with the coach’s agent. The presence of Antetokounmpo, in particular, made the Bucks job a coveted one around the league, as the 22-year-old player is considered to be on the precipice of superstar status.

In Atlanta, Budenholzer earned praise for getting strong, cohesive play from a squad that did not boast a singular talent, although players such as Al Horford, Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague certainly made for a strong core. A longtime former Spurs assistant in his own

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