Atlanta Hawks Hire Mike Budenholzer as New Head Coach

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Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — The Atlanta Hawks named San Antonio Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer their new head coach on Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 43-year-old Budenholzer spent 19 years with San Antonio, including the last six as the top assistant to head coach Gregg Popovich.

“We are thrilled to have Mike as the next coach of the Atlanta Hawks,” general manager Danny Ferry said. “He has an incredible basketball acumen and has a keen awareness of the league and what it takes to be successful.”

Budenholzer takes over for Larry Drew, whose contract was not renewed following three years at the helm.  During Drew’s tenure in Atlanta, he led the Hawks to a record 128-102, appearing in the playoffs each season.

The Hawks plan to hold a news conference Wednesday to introduce Budenholzer.

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