It was unclear why Mike Budenholzer would want out of Atlanta with two-years and $14 million remaining on his contract, but we now might have a hint.
Mike Budenholzer is genuinely interested in the Knicks’ job, according to an NBA source who has spoken to the Hawks coach.
“New York’s his top choice,’’ the NBA source said. “If they offered him the job, he’d say yes. He wants to live in New York.’’
Budenholzer would be the anti-tanking hire. The Knicks have talked about taking a patient approach with their rebuild; but based on this quote, if they hire Bud, you would have to believe the organization is on the same page as him in terms of wanting to win sooner rather than later.
Budenholzer appears so disillusioned with the current Hawks’ philosophy, it’s difficult to imagine him returning. Atlanta is adopting the blueprint set by the “Trust The Process’’ Sixers
“Phoenix and the Knicks are trying to win every game,’’ said the NBA source who has spoken to Budenholzer recently. “There’s a good chance Atlanta is not looking to win games the next two years. This wasn’t Mike’s decision. He didn’t expect it. He doesn’t want to lose games.’’