The Bucks may be parting ways with coach Mike Budenholzer should the season end with a “thud,” according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Budenholzer is in his third season with the Bucks, who finished with the league’s best record in each of the previous two seasons. They placed third in the Eastern Conference this year, and currently trail their first-round series vs. the Nets, 2-1.
“If Game 3 was the apex of this series for them, I think it’s very unlikely and very difficult for them to keep Bud,” Wojnarowski said on his podcast. “He has a year left on his deal. They could have extended him early in the season or in the offseason. They chose not to. They were going to really ride this year out.
“I don’t know if he has to come back and win it. … If it ends in a thud, it’s hard to imagine he’s back.”
If Budenholzer is let go by the Bucks, he likely wouldn’t be out of work for long. J. Michael of the Indianapolis Star recently reported Budenholzer would be the Pacers’ top coaching target if he were to become available.
Budenholzer, 51, coached the Hawks for five seasons before joining the Bucks. He owns a 375-262 record in eight seasons overall.