Mike Budenholzer has reached an agreement to become the Milwaukee Bucks coach, league sources tell ESPN.
Atlanta granted Budenholzer permission to interview with the Suns shortly after the end of the regular season before parting ways officially on April 25 when Budenholzer walked away from Phoenix's offer.
Budenholzer, who parted ways with Atlanta last month, met with Bucks ownership on Tuesday in NY.
Milwaukee fired coach Jason Kidd on January 22 after losing four of five games despite an early season trade for Eric Bledsoe and an MVP-quality season from Giannis Antetokounmpo. He won four NBA Championships during his time with the Spurs. The best of Budenholzer's teams tended to be more defensive minded, yet an emphasis on ball movement and three-point shooting stand as some of the constants of his various teams over the years.
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Yet Pires, who scored 83 goals during a glittering six-year stint in north London, admits he found it a "difficult day". The former midfielder is now the head coach at New York City FC and he has been tipped for a big future in management.
The Bucks have found their new head coach. Budenholzer was voted as the NBA Coach of the Year that season.
Wojnarowski's report also indicated a finalized contract is expected to be completed "soon".
Budenholzer spent 17 years as an assistant under Spurs coach Gregg Popovich before his hiring in Atlanta in 2013.
The Bucks have a draft to prepare for, big free agency decisions to come, and an assistant coaching staff to fill.