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Report: Raptors, Bucks both want Mike Budenholzer as next head coach

Mike Budenholzer

Mike Budenholzer parted ways with Atlanta Hawks last month following a disappointing 24-58 season, but he may have his pick of at least two other head coaching jobs this summer.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Monday that Budenholzer has emerged as the “focus” of the head coaching searches for both the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks.

The Bucks fired Jason Kidd early in the season, and the Raptors just announced over the weekend that they are parting ways with Dwane Casey. Casey led the team to a franchise-best 59 wins during the regular season, but Toronto was swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the playoffs.

Budenholzer led the Hawks to the playoffs in his first four seasons with the team, including a trip to the conference finals in 2015. He’s well respected around the league for his ability to develop players, and the Bucks were already reportedly hoping to beat out one team for his services. They may now have to convince Budenholzer that their situation is more attractive than the one in Toronto, which shouldn’t be all that difficult given that Milwaukee has Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Report: Bucks want to beat out Knicks for Mike Budenholzer

Mike Budenholzer

Mike Budenholzer is already a hot commodity on the NBA coaching market, and the Milwaukee Bucks are looking to throw their name into the mix now that they have officially been eliminated from the postseason.

It was previously believed that the New York Knicks’ job was Budenholzer’s top choice, but Marc Berman of the New York Post reports that the 48-year-old coach is now preparing to pitch himself to both the Knicks and Bucks. Milwaukee is a much better team at the moment, and the thought of coaching Giannis Antetokounmpo is one that should intrigue Budenholzer, especially with uncertainty surrounding Kristaps Porzingis and his torn ACL.

As Berman notes, the Bucks will be moving to a new arena and are “not afraid to overpay for the right coach.” You would think Knicks owner James Dolan could offer Budenholzer more money, but that may not be the case.

“Budenholzer and his coaches’ approach to development is top-notch,” one source told Berman.

The Knicks have already interviewed numerous candidates while the Bucks are just getting started. Interim head coach Joe Prunty had a chance to state his case for the full-time job, but getting knocked out of the playoffs by a Boston Celtics team that is ravaged with injuries to key players did not help.

Budenholzer and the Hawks parted ways last week after a 24-58 season with a stripped-down roster. He previously led the team to the playoffs in his first four seasons, including a trip to the conference finals in 2015.

Aaron Rodgers becomes minority owner for Milwaukee Bucks

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers is now a complete part of the Wisconsin sports fabric.

The Milwaukee Bucks announced during Friday’s playoff game that Rodgers has become a minority owner of the franchise.

Rodgers is from California but has embraced the Wisconsin sports scene since being drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 2005. He’s supported the Badgers during their sporting events, attended Bucks games, and has been a fan of the Brewers.

Rodgers is the first active NFL player to have an ownership stake in an NBA team.

Let’s hope this partnership works out better than Rodgers’ last one on the Milwaukee sports scene.

Giannis Antetokounmpo reportedly ‘devastated’ by Jason Kidd firing

Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Milwaukee Bucks made a somewhat shocking decision to fire head coach Jason Kidd on Monday, and the franchise’s most important player is reportedly unhappy with the move.

According to ESPN’s Chris Haynes, reporters caught wind of Kidd’s firing before Kidd was officially informed by the Bucks. And Giannis Antetokounmpo is said to be “devastated” over it.

Antetokounmpo’s presence should make the Bucks job appealing for a number of candidates. The 23-year old signed a four-year extension with Milwaukee last year, and he has emerged as one of the best players in the NBA. He is averaging 28.2 points and 10.1 rebounds per game this season.

The Bucks are currently 23-22 and hold the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference. They haven’t played well lately, though it sounds like more than just on-court play factored into the decision to move on from Kidd.

Joel Embiid trolls Bucks after win

Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid has a truly incredible memory.

Embiid scored 29 points and added nine rebounds in his Philadelphia 76ers’ 116-94 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night. After the win, Embiid was quick to troll the Bucks on social media.

First, recall this comment made by Bucks owner Wes Edens last June:

Now take a look at Embiid’s post, and specifically note the hashtag he used:

Does Embiid ever forget? I think not. He is the undisputed king of all NBA social media. And now you have a better understanding for why Kevin Durant said this after beating the 76ers in November.

Report: Warriors, Bucks have discussed frontcourt trade

Warriors court

Could the Golden State Warriors be looking to sell off some of their frontcourt pieces before next February’s trade deadline?

Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic reported Monday that the Warriors have discussed a trade with the Milwaukee Bucks, who have asked about bigs Zaza Pachulia and JaVale McGee. The Bucks also supposedly inquired about rookie Jordan Bell, but the conversation was said to have “ended quickly.” Thompson also adds that the talks have been “on-and-off” and that nothing is imminent.

Pachulia and McGee each fill a unique role for the defending champs, but there are only so many minutes to go around, especially with Bell’s emergence and with how often the Warriors opt to go small. At least one of those players was said to be unhappy with the Dubs in recent months, so perhaps a mid-playoff team like Milwaukee lacking in reliable seven-footers would make for a suitable trade partner here.

Bucks trolled LeBron James, Cavs with ‘Arthur’ theme song

LeBron James bald

Tuesday night’s divisional matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Milwaukee Bucks had a little something for the trolling enthusiasts.

During the Cavs’ team intros before the game, the BMO Harris Bradley Center played the theme song from the animated TV show “Arthur” and had an accompanying graphic on the Jumbotron, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN.

In case you don’t understand the reference, Cavs star LeBron James famously posted a cryptic “Arthur”-inspired meme to Instagram last month in what many interpreted to be a show of frustration. Granted, the Cavs entered play on Tuesday having won 19 of their 21 games since James’ post, so it may have been a risky (but otherwise priceless) move on the part of the Bucks.