Bucks to meet with as many as 10 coaching candidates

With dynamic forward Giannis Antetokounmpo as their headline player and interim coach Joe Prunty not expected back, the Milwaukee Bucks’ coaching vacancy is certain to draw plenty of interest this summer.

According to a report from ESPN, the Bucks plan on interviewing as many as 10 candidates and want to do a thorough search.

Milwaukee is expected to contact former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer to schedule an interview, according to a report from The New York Post.

Budenholzer recently talked of preparing a presentation for the Bucks after he was told the New York Knicks were passing on him to hire David Fizdale.

The Bucks are also planning to meet with San Antonio Spurs assistant Ettore Messina, former Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford and former New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams in the next several days, per ESPN.

The Post is reporting that former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt is on the Bucks’ radar as well.

The Bucks fired Jason Kidd at midseason, replacing him with Prunty — who led the team to a 21-16 record. Milwaukee lost to the Boston Celtics in the first-round of the playoffs in seven games.