Report: Suns hire former Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer to replace Frank Vogel

The Phoenix Suns are wasting no time replacing Frank Vogel.

The Suns have agreed to a five-year, $50 million deal with Mike Budenholzer to become their next head coach, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. The news comes just one day after the Suns broke up with Vogel.

The position marks Budenholzer’s third head coaching position in the league, and his first since the Milwaukee Bucks fired him after the 2022-23 campaign. He spent five seasons in Milwaukee and led the organization to its second NBA championship, and first alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo, but was out just two seasons later.

Budenholzer didn’t coach anywhere in the league last season, but was widely considered a leading candidate this offseason. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Budenholzer had been working to put together a coaching staff for his next job in recent weeks.

Budenholzer, who spent 17 seasons coaching under Gregg Popovich in San Antonio, also spent five seasons managing the Atlanta Hawks. He has a 484-317 record as a coach and was 271-120 with the Bucks.

The 54-year-old, originally from northern Arizona, will now replace Vogel in Phoenix. The Suns fired Vogel on Thursday after just one season with the team. The Suns finished 49-33 under his leadership, but were swept by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round of the playoffs.

Budenholzer is Phoenix’s third head coach in as many seasons. He will have the task of trying to turn around a franchise that opted for stars like Kevin Durant, Devin Booker and Bradley Beal after a rather difficult stretch in the Western Conference. The Suns gave up much of their key depth in order to add those stars to Booker, and they have few draft picks in the coming years.

While they have plenty of roster issues to resolve, Budenholzer is clearly ready to hit the ground running. It remains to be seen if it’s enough to spark real change in Phoenix right away.