Suns exploring ‘pathway’ to making Hawks’ Budenholzer coach

Will Mike Budenholzer move on from the Atlanta Hawks?

It appears to be a possibility, according to the latest report from ESPN — which said Budenholzer has been in discussions with Phoenix Suns’ ownership and management over the past couple of days.

Per the report, “a sense is expected to emerge soon whether there is a pathway to Budenholzer becoming the Suns’ next head coach.”

He has two-years and around $14 million-plus left on his contract with the Hawks.

“The Hawks and Budenholzer are both open to ending their partnership, but there are several hurdles that would need to be cleared before that could happen — including the Suns making an offer, agreeing to a contract, and possibile compensation to Atlanta,” according to ESPN.

Budenholzer, 48, has been with the Hawks since 2013. He won Coach-of-the-Year in the 2014-15 campaign after the Hawks won 60 games and earned the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Atlanta was in a rebuild year this season. They finished a lowly 24-58, the worst record in the East.

The Suns, meanwhile, compiled the worst record in the West. Budenholzer is a native of Arizona and familiar with the Western Conference, as he was an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs for 17 years.

Ashish Mathur contributed to this report.

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