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Bucks to interview Mike Budenholzer for 2nd time Tuesday

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Mike Budenholzer

The Milwaukee Bucks will interview their leading coaching candidate Mike Budenholzer for the second time on Tuesday, according to Matt Velasquez of The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. This interview will allow the Bucks to get a leg up on the Toronto Raptors, who recently fired their head coach Dwane Casey last week.

The Raptors have had “opening conversations with Budenholzer,” according to an ESPN report, which bodes as the biggest competition for the Bucks, now that the New York Knicks job has been taken by David Fizdale, who was introduced last week.

Budenholzer, a former head coach of the Atlanta Hawks for the past five seasons (213-197 record), was also a longtime assistant with the San Antonio Spurs from 1996-2013, derived from a long line of great minds under the tutelage ofGregg Popovich.

He’s the longest-tenured NBA coach, combining his years as an assistant and head coach in the league (22 total) and hold the best chances among the candidates interviewed by the team over the past 10 days, per Velasquez.

Budenholzer is the first and only name to come out as a finalist as of Monday morning, giving him a prime shot for the job.

The Bucks job is largely seen as the most-coveted in the league, due to the chance to coach a generational talent in Giannis Antetokounmpo, while the Raptors job falls a hair under, with a roster full of veteran players with playoff experience and a front office that has shown to be supportive of their coaching staff.