Budenholzer was arguably the biggest name on the coaching market prior to his agreement with the Bucks. The Pistons will be looking to hire their new coach and a team president separately. The Hawks made the playoffs the next two seasons before a 24-58 record left them in last place in the Southeast Division this year.
The Toronto Raptors met with Budenholzer on Monday, but they never extended an offer, league sources said. He had the Hawks to the point of contention in the Eastern Conference just a few short years ago. But Borrego served as the Magic's interim coach in the 2014-15 season, when he went 10-20 with Orlando after Jacque Vaughn was sacked midseason. He was sacked in the middle of the year after Bucks' management wasn't happy with the inconsistent start. Khris Middleton would join in as well. Milwaukee will need to upgrade their front-court this offseason, but there is plenty of talent for Budenholzer to work with.
Kidd led the Bucks to a dramatic improvement in his first season, 2014-15, but the team appeared to be treading water after that, even as Antetokounmpo became one of the NBA's most versatile, dominant players. He won four NBA Championships during his time with the Spurs.
We'll be back for the next episode of the podcast some time soon, for more talk about Coach Bud and a look toward the Bucks' future. Jeff Hornacek (Knicks), Frank Vogel (Magic) and Steve Clifford (Hornets) have also gotten the boot.
The Hawks hired Budenholzer, 48, in 2013, but he and the team agreed to part ways in April.
Budenholzer flew to Milwaukee for the Wednesday morning meeting with the Bucks players.