This is a developing story.
Budenholzer used to be the head coach for the Atlanta Hawks. This, after he had a second interview with Bucks ownership in NY.
This visit marked the second time the Bucks have met with the former Spurs assistant. Messina could still be summoned to Milwaukee for a meeting with the players too, league sources said, but that will largely be determined on the Bucks next step with Budenholzer.
Toronto fired Dwane Casey, who may win Coach of the Year, after Cleveland swept the Raptors in the second round. He pulled out of contention for the Suns job after several conversations with ownership and management. Unfortunately, players like Al Horford, Jeff Teague, and Paul Millsap ended up going elsewhere and the Hawks were one of the worst teams in the National Basketball Association in 2017-18.
Despite the struggles of the past year during the start of a rebuild, Budenholzer finished his time with the Hawks with a 213-197 record in the regular season with four playoff appearances in five years. Atlanta dropped to 24-58 this season, with the organization's mandate to shed salary and gather draft picks and future assets.
He previously worked under Gregg Popovich as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs. He won the NBA's Coach of the Year award back in 2014-15.