The meeting comes as the Bucks are considering Budenholzer for their head-coaching vacancy. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday team ownership sat down with Budenholzer and San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina, with Wojnarowski describing Budenholzer as the "front-runner."
According to Wojnarowski, the Toronto Raptors have also reached out to Budenholzer, with the two sides talking as recently as Monday.
The Bucks could gamble on a first-time head coach and hire Messina or Becky Hammon, whom they interviewed earlier this month. Given where the team is, taking that risk may not be advisable.
Milwaukee can't afford for this hire to be a failure. Antetokounmpo is under contract for three more years, which could in effect be only two more years if it becomes clear he won't sign an extension after the 2020-21 season. In a similar situation, Paul George essentially forced the Indiana Pacers' hand when he indicated he wouldn't re-sign with the team.
Keeping that in mind, the Bucks need to show signs of visible progress over the next few years. If they're unable to get out of the first or second round of the NBA playoffs, then that might not be enough to keep Antetokounmpo around.
The Hawks had the worst record in the Eastern Conference (24-58), but that wasn't entirely an indictment of Budenholzer. Having lost Al Horford and Paul Millsap to free agency in successive offseasons, the team had little choice but to go into rebuilding mode.
Three seasons ago, Budenholzer helped Atlanta win a franchise-best 60 games and reach the Eastern Conference Finals. He has a proven track record, which makes him the most sensible fit for the Bucks.