Report: Mike Budenholzer granted permission for Suns head coach job
After failing to make the playoffs since the 2009-10 NBA season, the Phoenix Suns are looking to take the next step in their rebuilding process. As Phoenix has found their new franchise player in Devin Booker, he is fed up about not making the playoffs following his second season.
One area the front office will need to address is the head coaching position. After firing head coach Earl Watson three games into the 2017-18 season, Jay Triano served as the team’s interim head coach. While Triano will be considered, the Atlanta Hawks have granted permission for head coach Mike Budenholzer to meet with the Suns according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
The Atlanta Hawks have granted coach Mike Budenholzer permission to speak with the Phoenix Suns about their head-coaching vacancy, league sources told ESPN.
Budenholzer is planning to meet with Suns officials early next week, league sources said. A native of Arizona, Budenholzer has two years, $14 million-plus left on his contract.
As the Suns need to provide their young core with stability at the head coaching position, Budenholzer is an intriguing option. After spending 17 seasons as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs, the 48-year-old has spent the last five seasons as the Hawks head coach.
With the Hawks officially entering their rebuilding process, the Suns are a couple steps ahead of them thanks to Booker. As the 2014-15 NBA Head Coach of the Year, he led the Hawks to four consecutive playoff appearances before this season and has a 213-197 head coaching record.