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Breaking: Mike Budenholzer hired as new head coach of Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Mike Budenholzer

The Milwaukee Bucks have reached an agreement to hire Mike Budenholzer as the team’s next head coach, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Budenholzer has been the biggest name rumored to become the next head coach in Milwaukee since the regular season ended. The Bucks also interviewed Becky Hammon. Budenholzer was also reportedly considering the Toronto Raptors but that never gained much steam.

Budenholzer’s Atlanta Hawks went just 24-58 this season before parting ways. He had established a pretty solid winning culture when coming to Atlanta from the Spurs. After winning 38 the first year, he led the Hawks to 60, 48 and 43 wins, winning Coach of the Year in the 2014-15 season when the team captured the No. 1 seed.

The Bucks were bounced by the Boston Celtics in the first round this year. They fired Jason Kidd midseason and then had Joe Prunty as the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

Star player Giannis Antetokounmpo wasn’t happy at first when Kidd was let go and it’s been the franchise’s top priority to make sure that the next head coach blends well with Giannis. It will be interesting to see how the Greek Freak fits in with Bud’s new system, which prioritizes pace and space.