Mike Budenholzer has agreed to become the Milwaukee Bucks next head coach, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The contract is reportedly a four-year deal.
Here’s more from Wojnarowski:
The Bucks negotiated a deal with Budenholzer’s representative on Wednesday, hours after a breakfast meeting with All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton, league sources said.
For general manager Jon Horst, Budenholzer was long his top target and a finalized contract is expected to be completed soon, league sources said.
The other finalist for the job, San Antonio assistant Ettore Messina, was informed that he was out of the running on Wednesday, league sources said.
Budenholzer hit the market after parting ways with the rebuilding Atlanta Hawks in April, a decision the franchise deemed as mutual.
During five seasons in Atlanta, Budenholzer guided the Hawks to four postseason trips, including a 60-win season in 2015 that ended with Coach of the Year honors.
His head coaching record is 213-197 in the regular season and 17-22 in the postseason.
Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love to miss Game 7 vs. Boston Celtics with concussion
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love will miss Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Celtics with a concussion.
The team said Saturday that Love, who bashed heads with Boston rookie Jayson Tatum in the first half of Cleveland’s Game 6 win on Friday night, experienced concussion-like symptoms before the team’s flight and has been placed in the NBA’s concussion protocol.
Just minutes before the team announced Love’s status, coach Tyronn Lue said he was still being evaluated.
Love was kept out of the second half of Cleveland’s 109-99 victory as a precaution after he and Tatum accidentally knocked heads. Love has suffered at least two other known concussions in his career.
The Cavaliers were able to overcome the loss of Love, their second-leading scorer and top rebounder, as LeBron James scored 46 and Cleveland got solid contributions from George Hill, Jeff Green and others.
Rockets’ Chris Paul out for Game 6 with hamstring strain
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets will be without star guard Chris Paul for Game 6 because of a strained hamstring, a huge blow for a team trying to close out the Golden State Warriors.
Paul was injured in the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s victory that gave the Rockets a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals.
.@CP3 will miss Saturday’s game at Golden State with a right hamstring strain.
He will be re-evaluated after the team returns to Houston. pic.twitter.com/5gAdYas3Vo
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) May 25, 2018
“I hate it for him, above all,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “He’s practically won us the last two games. But great opportunity for other guys and we have plenty to choose from and we’ll be ready.”
Eric Gordon, the star of Game 5, will start in Paul’s place Saturday night. He started 30 games this season while Paul and James Harden dealt with injuries.
“It will not change anything that we do or how we do it,” D’Antoni said.
Paul’s right leg will be re-evaluated after the team returns to Houston following Game 6. On Friday, he was with the team, laughing and joking with teammates as they walked on the court for practice.
Harden said the Rockets don’t have time to dwell on the absence of their nine-time All-Star.
“We don’t want to come and be pouting around,” he said. “We want to keep our same swagger, our same positive energy. We try to feed that off to him as well: `Be happy, be ready; get this thing right, get this thing going and be back in no time.”‘
Paul is in the conference finals for the first time after failing to advance past the second round in nine previous postseason trips. In his first season in Houston after a summer trade from the Clippers, Paul has paired with Harden to move the Rockets within one victory of reaching the NBA Finals for the first time since Houston won titles in 1994 and 1995.
He has totaled 47 points in the last two games – both Houston wins – to allow the Rockets to come back from a 2-1 deficit.
Gordon has played a big role. On Thursday night, he came off the bench to score 24 points and made a steal in the final seconds to secure the victory.
“Whoever is out, it’s almost like the next guy up, and everybody finds a way,” Gordon said. “We just collectively find a way to win. It’s definitely going to be tough. But I still think at the end of the day, we’re a tough team and we can still find ways to win.”
D’Antoni wouldn’t speculate on Paul’s availability if the Warriors force Game 7 on Monday night in Houston. But he said Paul will travel with the team to Oakland for Saturday’s game.
Kevin Love exits Game 6 with head injury
Cavaliers forward Kevin Love headed to the locker room in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals with a head injury.
Love suffered the injury after colliding with Jayson Tatum in the first quarter. The Cavs All-Star called for a trainer and eventually walked to the locker room.
NBA.com will have more on this as information becomes available.
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