Hawks give Budenholzer permission to meet with Suns

Former Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer is the front-runner for the Bucks' opening, per multiple reports.

The Atlanta Hawks have granted coach Mike Budenholzer permission to speak with the Phoenix Suns about their head-coaching vacancy, according to a report from ESPN.

Budenholzer is planning to meet with the Suns next week. He has two-years and around $14 million-plus left on his contract with the Hawks.

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 West, as he was an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs for 17 years.