Knicks Will Interview Hawks Coach Mike Budenholzer and David Blatt for Opening

Elias Hubbard
April 21, 2018

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer has withdrawn from being considered for the Suns coaching job, reports ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Budenholzer is still under contract with the Hawks but has been given permission by the club to interview with other teams.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Saturday (AEDT) a league source said the Knicks plan to talk to Budenholzer, although he may still return to Atlanta.

Budenholzer, who reportedly removed his name from consideration for the Suns head coach opening on Thursday, has been with Atlanta since 2013 after spending 17 years as an assistant in San Antonio.

The Hawks made the playoffs in each of Budenholzer's first four campaigns, including a franchise-record 60 victories in 2014-15 as he earned Coach of the Year honors. NY is looking to get another established coach in place to help turn the ship around toward becoming relevant in the Eastern Conference once again. He manned the sidelines during some very successful regular seasons in Atlanta, but could never get his teams over the hump.

According to the New York Daily News , the Knicks have already interviewed at least five people (David Fizdale, Mark Jackson, Kenny Smith, Jerry Stackhouse and Mike Woodson).

Atlanta and Budenholzer appear open to a mutual breakup, but the Hawks have also told opposing teams they will pursue compensation if they allow their head coach out of his contract that has two more seasons for around $14 million remaining.

Not to read too much into this, but president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry taking a trip across the pond to meet with Blatt is no small thing.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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