The Milwaukee Bucks squared off against the Phoenix Suns in the 2021 NBA Finals with the Bucks taking the series and winning their first championship since 1971. Flash-forward two years and both Mike Budenholzer and Monty Williams, who coached against one another in this championship series, are free agents and looking for new head coaching gigs around the league.

Budenholzer and Williams being fired came as a shock to many around the league and now, the former Suns head coach could be the next coach in Milwaukee. According to NBA insider Shams Charania, the Bucks will pursue Williams “pretty aggressively.”

Over the last three seasons in Phoenix, Williams posted a 160-76 record, a near 67.8 percent win percentage during the regular season. This is the best record out of any coach in the league over the last three seasons and he took the Suns to the Western Conference Finals each of the last three seasons.

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Charania also mentioned that the Detroit Pistons and the Toronto Raptors could show a level of interest in pursuing Williams as well. The Pistons are currently rebuilding with a younger roster that could use an experienced, veteran coach like Williams and the Raptors are in a similar position to the Bucks in terms of wanting to compete for a championship right now. Williams fits the description of what both organizations will be looking for in their next head coach.

For the Bucks, replacing Budenholzer will be a process in which they interview several high-caliber candidates. Williams is certainly on their radar, as is Miami Heat assistant Chris Quinn. Interviewing for several positions through the years, Quinn is a name quickly rising up the coaching ranks across the league and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported recently that Milwaukee has received permission from the Heat to interview him. Quinn also recently interviewed for the Pistons head coaching position.

With superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo and several other key talents, the Bucks are coming off a season in which they held the league’s best record. Losing in the first-round made this season a major disappointment, but this organization wants to and is more than capable of competing for multiple titles right now. Bringing in a head coach like Williams is very advantages to the Eastern Conference favorites, especially given the relationship he already has with some of the stars of the team.