Mike Budenholzer, fresh off the Bucks’ championship, is expected to stay in Milwaukee for a few more years.
Budenholzer has signed to a three-year agreement with the Bucks, which will keep him with the team until the 2024-25 season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
He was about to enter the final year of his initial contract, which he signed when he was hired in 2018. The Bucks had made the playoffs in each of Budenholzer’s three seasons in Milwaukee, but there was plenty of speculation about his future in Milwaukee and whether he was the right coach to lead them to that elusive championship.
This is an excellent decision for both the coach and the team. Budenholzer receives a well-deserved guarantee for leading the Bucks to a championship and demonstrating that he is a capable, championship-level coach in the process. After falling short in Atlanta and Milwaukee, he was able to capture the title this past season, which marked a turning point in his career. It would be strange if he wasn’t rewarded for his efforts.
For the team, this essentially sets them up to run it back for the next few years with the current core in place. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton are all signed for the next several seasons and, even if some of the fringe roster pieces change, those three plus Budenholzer is a strong foundation to go forward with.