Mike Budenholzer has reportedly reached an agreement to become the Milwaukee Bucks head coach.
Those are arguably the two most important players on Milwaukee's roster, so it's clear the team wants to ensure its next coach and its best players will be on the same page.
Budenholzer would take over for interim coach Joe Prunty, who took the reins when Jason Kidd was sacked in January.
The Raptors reportedly want the four-time National Basketball Association champion, but they also have a number of impressive internal candidates. Messina could still be summoned to Milwaukee for a meeting with the players too, league sources said, but that will largely be determined on the Bucks next step with Budenholzer. He pulled out of contention for the Suns job after several conversations with ownership and management. The Hawks made it to the Eastern Conference Finals during that season, where they were dispatched in four games by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Before becoming a head coach with the Hawks, Budenholzer was an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs for 17 years. He won the NBA's Coach of the Year award back in 2014-15.