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Suns expected to target former NBA champion coach

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The Phoenix Suns appear likely to target experience after firing coach Frank Vogel on Thursday, judging by one note on a big-name potential replacement.

Former Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer is expected to be a “prominent part” of the Suns’ coaching search, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Budenholzer has been unemployed since the Bucks let him go at the end of last season.

If the Suns want Budenholzer, they will have competition. He is rumored to be a top target of the Los Angeles Lakers as well, and with both teams in similar situations, it makes sense that their respective candidate pools might wind up being quite similar.

Budenholzer is one of the only coaches available with a championship pedigree, having led the Bucks to the title in 2021. He is likely to be in an enviable position and may have the pick of the top available jobs, and two teams that would probably be willing to offer him a lot of money to become their head coach.

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