Budenholzer Emerges as Leading Candidate for Raptors Head Coaching Job
A changing of the guard is coming to Toronto sooner than one may have thought.
After how poorly the Toronto Raptors handled Dwane Casey’s dismissal just days after being swept at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers, it seems like a leading candidate has already emerged for the head coaching vacancy. Former head coach of the Atlanta Hawks Mike Budenholzer has been linked to both the Milwaukee Bucks and the Toronto Raptors by industry sources.
Mike Budenholzer has emerged as the focus of the Milwaukee and Toronto coaching searches, league sources tell ESPN. Raptors are opening conversations with Budenholzer and Bucks will re-engage with him early this week, sources said.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 14, 2018
Budenholzer, who used to be a longtime assistant under San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has been with the Hawks since 2013 until a difference in ideologies forced both sides to mutually separate. During his tenure with the Hawks, Budenholzer’s stock quickly rose as he became recognized as one of the better coach’s in the game, securing the NBA Coach of the Year award in 2015 after guiding Atlanta to a 60-win season.
It will be an interesting offseason for the Raptors from a roster perspective, therefore securing a new head coach soon will be imperative for Masai Ujiri to move onto adjusting the product on the court. Other names that have been linked to the Raptors are Nick Nurse, Jerry Stackhouse, and Rex Kalamian, all three of whom have been in the Raptors organization under Casey.