The Atlanta Hawks have a new head coach in Mike Budenholzer who according to online sports betting experts has agreed to a multiyear contract after being the San Antonio Spurs assistant for quite some time.
The Arizona native has been an assistant with the Spurs since 1993 been with the organization under coach Gregg Popovich for 19 years overall. Budenholzer has a long-term relationship with Atlanta’s general manager Danny Ferry, who played for Budenholzer and worked with him as an executive with San Antonio.
The Spurs let the Hawks to interview Budenholzer during the NBA playoffs and then gave approval to negotiate a contract with him after they advanced to the Finals with a win over the Memphis Grizzlies earlier this week.
Atlanta announced that Budenholzer will remain part of the Spurs’ coaching staff until the end of the NBA Finals. The Hawks has scheduled a news conference for Budenholzer today in Atlanta.
The Hawks lost versus the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the playoffs. It was the Atlanta’s sixth straight postseason appearance however YouWager experts consider Ferry will likely carry on with his dramatic changes of the team after trading Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams in his first year as general manager.
Atlanta is in flux with their roster, as the Hawks have just three players under contract for next season and could have in excess of $40 million in salary-cap space.
The Hawks are likely to chase top free agents such as Dwight Howard and Chris Paul as well as their own free agents, Josh Smith and Jeff Teague.
Atlanta will likely end their relationship with head coach Larry Drew, who was with the team for three seasons. Drew’s contract will come to an end June 30, and it’s very likely he will have a second interview with the Milwaukee Bucks for their head-coaching job this week.
The 43 year old Budenholzer is looking for his fifth NBA championship ring this year. San Antonio won NBA titles in 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007.