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Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 at 4:55 pm  |  29 responses

Spurs Assistant Mike Budenholzer to Coach the Atlanta Hawks


Atlanta Hawks GM Danny Ferry lured Gregg Popovich’s top assistant to head up the bench in the A. Mike Budenholzer is the Hawks’ new head coach, the team announced today. Per the AJC: “Budenholzer will continue to coach the Spurs through the NBA Finals. San Antonio advanced to the championship series Monday by defeating the Grizzlies in the Western Conference finals. ‘We are thrilled to have Mike as the next coach of the Atlanta Hawks,’ general manager Danny Ferry said in a statement issued by the team. ‘He has an incredible basketball acumen and has a keen awareness of the league and what it takes to be successful. His experience and four championships over the last 17 years provide a tremendous foundation for his leadership of our team.’ Budenholzer, 43, replaces Drew, who will not have his contract renewed after serving as the team’s head coach the past three seasons. ‘I have been extremely fortunate to be a part of the San Antonio Spurs organization for the last 19 years,’ Budenholzer said in a statement. ‘I knew it would have to be a tremendous situation for me to leave and clearly coming to Atlanta as the head coach of the Hawks is perfect for me. Ownership’s commitment to taking this organization to the next level and creating a unique and special culture, partnering with a general manager like Danny Ferry who I have great respect for, and building a roster that has terrific potential because of the existing core and the ensuing flexibility presents a rare and uniquely positive opportunity.’”

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  • Judah1012

    Don’t know much about dude, but having two guys now who are very familiar with how the Spurs do business is a good start (Danny Ferry and this guy).

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he’s been Pops assistant for 17 years. The only issue I see with him is how he deals with guys like Josh Smith, not much experience with that type of character outside of Stephen Jackson, who was promptly outed twice. His system will likely be pretty flawless once he gets player’s that fit it, and defensively we know he has a career of making things work.

  • Judah1012

    You think Josh Smith will be returning?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    well today i do. until i hear a strong reason otherwise that will remain my assumption. i mean, i think it’s like 50.1% that he stays at this point. And any scent in the wind is probably going to change my opinion. Also, I don’t know WHICH team would be favorite to get him. By my count he’s the 3rd or 4th domino to fall this summer, and those first 2 determine where he goes. You feel otherwise?

  • Judah1012

    CP3 and Dwight are easily the top 2 guys. Josh is like Joe Johnson was in 2010 to me. Not a top guy but he could be a great piece for a team who needs what he brings. I have yet to think about where he could go if he left. If he wants a max contract, I don’t see him getting it in Atlanta.

  • Caboose

    I’ve been saying this guy needs a head coaching job for YEARS. The Hawks will improve next year, just from this

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the only way i see him getting the max is if Dallas panics. Or if Milwuakee has plans to move Ersan Ilyasova. Other than that the list of teams with “max” cap space will be –

    - Atlanta
    - Orlando
    - Milwuakee
    - Washington
    - Charlotte
    - Detroit
    - Phoenix
    - Dallas
    - Cleveland

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i guess San Antonio wouldn’t let him interview in previous seasons until they were eliminated…which usually takes a while, and he was hesitant to leave Popovich. I think he’s only taking a job now because this feels like a last hoorah type of thing in SA

  • Judah1012

    That’s tough. I don’t see him doing a lot to help any one of those teams enough to get a max deal.

    If I’m Milwaukee, the first guy I’d move is either Jennings or Monta if possible. Ersan is a good young piece in my opinion. Josh is like Joe to me in that he’s good as long as you get another guy with him like Brooklyn did with Deron and Joe. By himself, he won’t affect much.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Milwaukee will not be bringing back both Jennings and Ellis that’s for sure.
    - Looks like they would like to bring back Jennings. But Jennings thinks he’s a max player, and he thinks so even if he plays in a big market. So I have him taking a one or two year deal with say Dallas or Orlando to try and earn something like a max when he’s 26.
    - Ellis on the other hand would definitely stay if he’s offered what he wants. My question and the unpredictable part of this is if he’s willing to take on a 6th man role. Because if he is, a good team will find a way to sign and trade for him, and at that point all bets are off.
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    If the unpredictable part is actually predictable, or if say someone offers Ellis north of $10 Million and another team offers Jennings around the max, then Milwuakee becomes a major player in free agency. Even if they aren’t getting one of the key free agents, i would bet on them being a player in any trades that happen in the aftermath.

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    cleveland would be interesting

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i don’t think that will happen. Cleveland seems to be making smart decisions. Signing Ellis would be quite the opposite.

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    i was meaning josh smith. But, it doesn’t seem like a max move they would make either

  • Judah1012

    How or why Jennings thinks he’s a max player is beyond me. I don’t see Monta taking that 6th man role. It would be great for him though. Do you see a team offering him that much?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I have been conditioned to assume most above average nba guys are inevitably going to get overpaid. But this new CBA has me weary. I am leaning towards yeah, Ellis gets like 10 mill a season. But not comfortably leaning

  • Judah1012

    Depends on what he wants to do. If he wants to be in a winning situation, he’ll take the 6th man role and less money. If he doesn’t care, he’ll take the 10 mill and keep scoring regardless of where it is.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Probably the latter

  • Judah1012

    Agree.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Oh they are very happy with Tristan Thompson/Verajao/Zeller. So happy intact that they may draft Otto Porter 1st overall

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    I’ve heard a few Ben Mclemore rumors as well.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    With Dion Waiters there I think that may just be bait to elicit trade requests

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    could very well be. Either would make a good 6th man. Either way I don’t see Noel being a Cav next year. Whether he goes #1 or not.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    You really could be right who knows. Maybe they just like messing with everyone.

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    Dan Gilbert would never give the media a story.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    They’ll still be the blandest team to watch in the league. But anyone associated with the Spurs org is a steal.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    It says he’s only 43… That means he’s been assistant coach for the Spurs since he was 26. That is amazing. How f*cking awesome would it be to coach for an NBA team when you’re still in your mid-twenties?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that is my dream. that’s like me getting plucked out of this comment section and put on a bench somewhere. i would be the happiest person in the world.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    You would make an excellent coach, brah. I mean that.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    well i sincerely appreciate that Teddy.

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