Report: Mike Budenholzer agrees four-year deal to take over as Bucks head coach

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The Milwaukee Bucks have ended their search for a new head coach after agreeing to terms with Mike Budenholzer to take over.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the former Atlanta Hawks coach will pen a four-year contract with the franchise.

It became clear that Budenholzer was on the verge of joining the Bucks after reports emerged that he had met with Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo and teammate Khris Middleton on Wednesday.

The 48-year-old was fired by the Hawks last month after they finished with the worst record in the Eastern Conference this season.

But that didn't deter other teams as he became one of the most sought-after coaches in the league.

Atlanta Hawks v Detroit Pistons

Even before his departure from Atlanta, Budenholzer had interviewed for the vacant head coaching positions with the New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns which was a clear indication that he was seeking to move on.

Once Milwaukee was eliminated from the playoffs in the first round, however, it was reported that he had a real interest in taking charge of the team.

The interest was certainly mutual as coach Bud was the top target for Bucks general manager Jon Horst.

The process escalated this week as Budenholzer met with the team's owners in New York on Tuesday before flying to Milwaukee on Wednesday to sit down with Antetokounmpo and Middleton.

It was a rather unusual and rare move by the organisation to set up a meeting between its star players and prospective new head coach but it shows that they wanted them to be part of the process to give them an idea of the direction they want to go in.

Milwaukee Bucks v Charlotte Hornets

The Wisconsin-based outfit had competition from the Toronto Raptors for his signature as Budenholzer also held discussions with them.

The Raptors, however, never extended an offer to him and the Bucks quickly moved to get their man.

Despite his struggles in Atlanta this year, he still has a reputation as one of the most talented coaches in the league.

In 2016, he was named as the NBA Coach of the Year after he led the Hawks to 60 wins and the number one seed in the east. They went on to reach the Eastern Conference Finals in that campaign.

Brooklyn Nets v Atlanta Hawks - Game Two

He guided them to the playoffs in four of his five seasons in charge but they dropped to a 24-58 record this year as the team chose to go into a rebuilding phase.

With a talented group of players, led by the incredible Antetokounmpo, the Bucks feel Budenholzer is the man that can finally get the best out of them and make the team play to its potential.

They have a roster capable of challenging the best teams in the east and they now hope they have a coach that can make it possible.

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