Another day, another coaching hire in the Southeast Division.
San Antonio Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer is the new head coach of the Atlanta Hawks, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported on Tuesday. Budenholzer will remain with the Western Conference champions through the NBA Finals.
Teams love targeting coaches from successful teams and there has clearly not been a more successful team over the last 15 years than the Spurs under Gregg Popovich. Budenholzer spent the past 18 years with the organization including time when Hawks general manager was also in San Antonio.
In Atlanta he will replace Larry Drew, who remains under contract through June, but will not be retained.
Atlanta is heading toward a transitional offseason in other ways with Josh Smith hitting unrestricted free agency, along with Kyle Korver, Devin Harris and four others. Al Horford remains and could be in line for even more production if plans include him moving from center to power forward assuming Smith does not return. Point guard Jeff Teague is a restricted free agent.
On Monday, the Charlotte Bobcats hired Lakers assistant Steve Clifford to replace former head coach Mike Dunlap.
ProBasketballTalk has more on the new head Hawk.