Budenholzer Receiving Strong Interest From Bucks, Raptors

9:34am: The Bucks will meet with Budenholzer for a second time on Tuesday, reports Matt Velazquez of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Twitter link). According to Velazquez, Bucks ownership will be involved in the meeting.

9:00am: Former Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer has emerged as the focus of the Bucks’ and Raptors’ coaching searches, league sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link).

Budenholzer has been considered a strong candidate for Milwaukee’s head coaching job for much of the year, with a report in early May indicating that he and Monty Williams are potential favorites to replace interim coach Joe Prunty. Budenholzer was reportedly one of several candidates to meet with the Bucks last week, and the team intends to re-engage with him early this week, sources tell Wojnarowski.

As for the Raptors, Budenholzer was the first outside candidate to surface in their coaching search, shortly after they parted ways with Dwane Casey. Wojnarowski reports that Toronto is “opening” conversations with the former Atlanta coach.

The Bucks and Raptors are two of four teams currently seeking a new head coach, joining the Pistons and Magic. While Budenholzer hasn’t been linked to the Orlando job at all, he’s said to be on Detroit’s radar. A source confirmed to Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press that Budenholzer is “under consideration” by the Pistons.

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