Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer met with Phoenix Sun's management and ownership on Monday and Tuesday and explored the possibility of becoming Suns' next head coach becomes. Sources of the league told ESPN.
Budenholzer met with Sun's general manager Ryan McDonough and owner Robert Sarver during the two days, League sources said after Atlanta gave him permission to meet with Phoenix last week.
The Hawks and Budenholzer are both ready to end their partnership, but there are some hurdles that need to be resolved before that could happen, including the Suns who make an offer and a contract and possible compensation for Atlanta agree.
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The Suns are considering several head coach candidates, but have been largely focused on getting to know Bud Enholzer in recent days, said League sources. Phoenix had informal talks with former head coaches Steve Clifford (Charlotte), Frank Vogel (Orlando and Indiana) and David Blatt (Cleveland), sources said.
The suns still think interim coach Jay Triano, who replaced Earl Watson three (19659004) Budenholzer was considered one of the NBA's best tacticians and was the president of the Hawks for basketball use until he arrived in the spring of 2017 with the arrival of the new GM Travis Schlenk handed over control in the front office.
Budenholzer was the 2015-16 coach of the NBA after a regular season with 60 wins and a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals. The Hawks reached the playoffs in four of his first five seasons. Atlanta dropped to 24-58 this season, with the mission of the organization to lose salary, collect pick picks and change future assets under Schlenk.
Budenholzer spent 17 years as an assistant under Spurs coach Gregg Popovich before retiring in Atlanta in 2013. He won four NBA titles as a Spurs employee.