At least four people are on the list for Milwaukee Bucks GM Jon Horst (pictured) to consider for the permanent head coaching position.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN says, according to his sources, the Bucks' aim on interviewing these men and possibly other candidates beyond:
- David Blatt
- Mike Budenholzer
- Steve Clifford
- Monty Williams
This comes after the firing of Jason Kidd back in January and Joe Prunty directing the team to a 21-16 record for the rest of the season, plus an exit from the NBA Playoffs in the first round for the second consecutive year.
Blatt went 83-40 in a season and a half with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was 30-11 when he was fired in mid-January of the 2015-16 season, a year when the Cavs eventually won the NBA title. He has most recently coached for Darüşşafaka of the Turkish Super League.
Budenholzer was at the helm of the Atlanta Hawks for five seasons, from 2013-18. He was NBA Coach of the Year in 2014-15, but was fired after a 24-58 season this year.
Steve Clifford was also fired after his fifth year with the Charlotte Hornets, where he went 36-46. Clifford directed the Hornets to winning seasons in two of his five years in Charlotte (2013-18).
David Fizdale, who had been on Wojnarowski's list until he reportedly agreed to a contract with the New York Knicks, spent all of 2016-17 and part of 2017-18 with the Memphis Grizzlies, where his teams combined for a 50-51 record before he was fired early in 2017-18.
Monty Williams is currently the vice president of basketball operations for the San Antonio Spurs. While coaching with the New Orleans Hornets and Pelicans from 2010-15, his teams twice went to the NBA playoffs, including 2014-15 when he was fired after getting swept in the first round. Williams' wife was killed in a crash in 2016, after which he spoke with incredible eloquence at her funeral.