NBA Rumors: Bucks HC Mike Budenholzer Safe After Early Playoff Exit

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Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer will return to the team next year, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania. 

The two-time NBA Coach of the Year led Milwaukee to the league's best record this season at 56-17. However, the Bucks were inconsistent throughout their stint in the NBA's bubble and the Heat recently eliminated the East's top seed in the Eastern Conference semifinals by a 4-1 margin.

Following the club's loss, 2018-19 league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo was asked about if he would request a trade with the franchise this offseason.

“It’s not happening. That’s not happening," Antetokounmpo told Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes when asked if he would request a trade in the event that he couldn't reach a contract extension with the Bucks.

“Some see a wall and go in [another direction]. I plow through it. We just have to get better as a team, individually and get right back at it next season.”

The Bucks are reportedly expected to offer Antetokounmpo the super-max extension when free agency begins this offseason.

According to The Athletic, the Bucks' leadership the club's decision-makers will look to stock the team's roster with more key decision-makers. 

Budenholzer came to the franchise after serving as the Hawks' head coach for five seasons. He won the Coach of the Year award in 2014-15 after leading the Hawks to 60 wins. Prior to his stint as Atlanta's head coach, Budenholzer was a longtime assistant coach of the San Antonio Spurs. 

Check out the latest news and notes from around the NBA: 

  • Eric Bledsoe is expected to become a possible trade candidate this offseason. (Shams Charania, The Athletic)
  • Rival teams believe Milwaukee will explore a possible trade for Thunder guard Chris Paul if Paul is available via trade. (Marc Stein, The New York Times)
  • Former guard Chauncey Billups has emerged as a candidate in the Pacers' coaching search. (Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN)
  • Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon and former Kings and Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger will be interviewed for the  Pacers' head coaching job. (Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN)
  • The Philadelphia 76ers' front office has seriously debated the idea of chasing the Thunder's Chris Paul. (Kevin O'Connor, The Ringer)
  • The Thunder had offered Billy Donovan a new contract with two guaranteed seasons prior to the bubble. (Shams Charania, The Athletic)