Mike Budenholzer to become the next head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks


Head coach Mike Budenholzer of the Atlanta Hawks looks on from the bench while playing the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena on November 10, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Milwaukee has reached an agreement to hire former Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer.

The other finalist for the job, San Antonio assistant Ettore Messina, was informed that he was out of the running on Wednesday, league sources said.

General view of the Cleveland Cavaliers playing against the Milwaukee Bucks at Bradley Center on November 3, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Budenholzer, who parted ways with Atlanta last month, met with Bucks ownership on Tuesday in NY.

The Milwaukee Bucks have found their man.

The Raptors reportedly want the four-time National Basketball Association champion, but they also have a number of impressive internal candidates. Budenholzer was voted as the NBA Coach of the Year that season. He pulled out of contention for the Suns job after several conversations with ownership and management. The Hawks went 24-58 this season. He won four NBA Championships during his time with the Spurs.

The hiring of a head coach was undoubtedly the biggest decision of the summer for the Bucks, but now the hard work must begin for Budenholzer and co.