The Milwaukee Bucks let Mike Budenholzer go after a very successful stint with the organization, and finding a suitable replacement won’t be an easy task.
Notably, they’ve started their search with someone who comes with plenty of experience.
According to ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Bucks have set their sights on Scott Brooks, who’s currently serving as an assistant coach for the Portland Trail Blazers.
ESPN Sources: The Milwaukee Bucks have secured permission to interview to Portland Trail Blazers assistant Scott Brooks for franchise’s head coaching job. Brooks has a 521-414 (.557) regular season and 49-48 (.505) playoff record in 12 seasons with Oklahoma City and Washington.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 11, 2023
Brooks comes with some pedigree in the league after his tenures with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Washington Wizards, boasting a 521-414 (.557) regular-season record and a 49-48 (.505) playoff record in 12 seasons as a coach.
Obviously, Brooks hasn’t always been a fan favorite, mostly because of his lack of timely adjustments in the playoffs.
Also, his offense has often consisted of iso-heavy sets, and some argue that his numbers are just a product of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook’s greatness.
Still, there aren’t many experienced candidates available for hire now, so props to the Bucks for at least looking to hire someone who’s been there and done that.
The Bucks are facing a key offseason right now.
They have to decide whether they want to pay up to keep two aging free agents in Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton, or let them go and risk losing Giannis Antetokounmpo as well.
Giannis has posted some cryptic messages on social media, and some believe he could force his way out of the team next season if the new ownership decides they don’t want to spend big bucks for going over the luxury tax again under this new CBA.NEXT: Giannis Antetokounmpo Led The Way In Latest Award Voting