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Hawks grant Suns permission to interview Mike Budenholzer

Mike Budenholzer

The Atlanta Hawks have granted permission to the Phoenix Suns to interview head coach Mike Budenholzer for their head coaching vacancy, according to a report.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports the news and says Budenholzer is expected to meet with the Suns next week.

Phoenix is in the market for a new head coach after firing Earl Watson three games into the season. They have fired three head coaches in the past six seasons. The Suns finished with the worst record in the league and will be in the mix for the No. 1 draft pick, which could help them rebuild.

Budenholzer, 48, just completed his fifth season as the Hawks’ head coach. He led the team to the playoffs in his first four seasons, including the top seed in the East and a trip to the conference finals in 2014-15.

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