Mike Budenholzer Out As Coach Of Atlanta Hawks

FILE – In this April 6, 2018, file photo, Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer gestures during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Washington. The Hawks and Budenholzer mutually agreed to part ways on Wednesday, April 25, according to the team. The Hawks announced the move Wednesday night in a brief three-sentence statement. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

ATLANTA (AP) — Mike Budenholzer wanted to coach elsewhere. The Atlanta Hawks finally agreed it’s a good idea.

The Hawks and Budenholzer mutually agreed to part ways Wednesday in a move announced by the team in a three-sentence statement.

The decision was not totally unexpected as Budenholzer was granted permission to interview with other teams even though he is under contract with the Hawks for two more seasons.

According to multiple reports, Budenholzer interviewed with the Phoenix Suns for their vacant coaching position last week before withdrawing his name from consideration. Budenholzer now may be a top candidate to coach the New York Knicks.

Budenholzer was 213-192 in the regular season and 17-22 in the playoffs in five seasons with Atlanta. The Hawks were an Eastern Conference-worst 24-58 this season. READ MORE>

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