The 2015 NBA Coach of the Year will no longer pace the sidelines for the Atlanta Hawks.
Head coach Mike Budenholzer and the Hawks mutually agreed to part ways following a 24-win season, the first year of the organization’s rebuild in the wake of 10 consecutive playoff appearances. Budenholzer ends his Hawks tenure with a 213-197 regular-season record and 17-22 playoff mark.
Budenholzer relinquished the president of basketball operations title to make room for new head of basketball operations Travis Schlenk last offseason. He has received recent interest for multiple NBA coaching vacancies, including the Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks.
Following the departures of former staples Al Horford, Paul Millsap, Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver — foundational pieces who helped Budenholzer win at least 38 games in each of his first four seasons, including the franchise’s 60-win campaign, after being hired from his assistant job with the San Antonio Spurs — Schlenk, a former Golden State executive, set the front office’s sights toward the future and building around young pieces John Collins and Taurean Prince.
Over the past five seasons, the Hawks were twice eliminated in the Eastern Conference first round (2014, 2017) and twice swept out of the playoffs by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.