The Milwaukee Bucks might have the most appealing job vacancy in the NBA right now. Milwaukee is currently the only team that made the postseason to be in the market for a new coach, and accepting the Bucks job means you get to coach Giannis Antentokounmpo, which is a pretty nice perk.
Milwaukee doesn’t seem to be in a rush to pick someone as other coaches come off the market, and have a lengthy list of potential candidates for the job. The franchise also will make history by interviewing Spurs assistant Becky Hammon.
As the dust starts to settle on this particular coaching search, Gery Woelful of the Racine Journal Times reports that a pair of candidates, both with head coaching experience, have at least initially separated themselves from the field.
Budenholzer mutually parted ways with the Atlanta Hawks last month, and from an Xs and Os standpoint, is viewed as one of the best coaches in the NBA. He also won the 2015 NBA Coach of the Year award and has been among the most in-demand names on the coaching market this summer. Williams currently serves as the vice president of basketball operations for the Spurs, and led New Orleans to the postseason twice during his time as their head coach from 2010-15.
Anything can happen, and nothing is ever guaranteed in a coaching search, so it’s plausible that neither Budenholzer nor Williams end up getting the job. But it’s safe to bet that the Bucks would receive a ton of praise if they ended their search with either guy, and it’ll be interesting to see if that ends up happening or if Milwaukee goes in a different direction.