Mike Budenholzer, Monty Williams Reportedly Front-Runners to Be Bucks Head Coach

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 5, 2018

OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 23:  Head coach Mike Budenholzer of the Atlanta Hawks looks on against the Golden State Warriors during an NBA basketball game at ORACLE Arena on March 23, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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The Milwaukee Bucks are casting a wide net in their search for a new head coach, but Mike Budenholzer and Monty Williams are reportedly the current favorites, per Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times.

Budenholzer, who was the Atlanta Hawks coach until the two decided to part ways last month, will reportedly meet soon.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported Friday that Williams, the former New Orleans Pelicans coach, will be interviewed "in [the] next several days."

As many as 10 candidates could interview for the job, including Ettore Messina and Steve Clifford. Spurs assistant Becky Hammon will also interview, trying to become the first female head coach in NBA history, per Wojnarowski.

Of all the candidates, however, Budenholzer might have had the most recent success.

Although the Hawks are coming off a poor season finishing 24-58, the coach is 213-197 in the past five years. He won the NBA Coach of the Year award in 2014-15, leading Atlanta to the No. 1 seed in the East with a trip to the conference finals.

This year was the first time his team didn't reach the playoffs.

Meanwhile, Williams also has experience as a head coach but went just 173-221 in five years in New Orleans. The team reached the postseason just twice in that time, winning two total playoff games.

Like Budenholzer, he also has front office experience. He spent the past two seasons as the executive vice president of basketball operations for the Spurs.

No matter who the Bucks select, they will hope the new coach will get the most out of a talented young squad led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and others.

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