Five Potential Names to Watch for the Hawks Coaching Job

Coach Mike Budenholzer. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The Hawks rebuild looks to take a giant step back with Bud likely on the way out.

Honestly, we should have all seen this coming the minute Bud relinquished his Front Office control duties after last season. Not only is he reluctant to see through a long-term rebuild, Coach Bud also wants Front Office control to an extent.

While the Suns aren’t in much of a better place rebuild wise they do have three things going for them:

  1. An actual star. Devin Booker would arguably instantly be the best player Bud has ever coached. Booker also still has a lot of room to grow.
  2. Suns may be willing to give Bud some Front Office power being that he is a top 10 coach in this league.
  3. Coach Bud is from Arizona.

Other than that, it’s really a lateral move. At first glance, I thought this was just a smoke screen to show other teams that he is serious about being willing to move on from the Hawks. But, after meeting with Phoenix for two days there may be some serious traction.

The Hawks would rather have Bud decide sooner than later so we can start looking before potential coaching candidates start to get hired.

Regardless, it appears that Bud is on his way out. Especially with a report surfacing that an owner became livid with a coach for winning some late season road games. While no team was named, Atlanta was really the only tanking team with some late surprising road wins.

Here are some names Travis Schlenk and Tony Ressler may give a look at.


Travis Schlenk and Tony Ressler (


Jerry Stackhouse

Stackhouse has done a masterful job with Toronto’s G-League affiliate leading them to back to back G-League Finals appearances. He’s helped groom former Hawk Edy Tavares transform into an actual rotation piece for the Raptors. He’s likely to get a start in the NBA next season.

Jarron Collins and Mike Brown

With Travis Schlenk having deep rooted connections with the Dubs it wouldn’t shock me to see him interview at least one member of the Warriors staff. Neither Collins or Brown would be a popular hire but we are trying to model after Golden State. Brown’s track record isn’t the best but after a few years around that type of atmosphere he is destined to have improved.

Ettore Messina

Another former Pop (you’re in our prayers) disciple will likely get his own team this summer. While Schlenk may shy away since Bud was also from San Antonio, Messina is sure to be a hot name and worth an interview.

David Fizdale

Fizdale got screwed in Memphis. Point blank period. The Grizzlies were injury ridden and actually got much worse after his firing. Take THAT for data!

Frank Vogel

Vogel also got screwed. He was dealt an inept roster his entire tenure in Orlando. He is also a hot name coming into this summer and will probably have his choice of jobs.

Darvin Ham (Keep as an Assistant)

Coach Ham has been with Bud since the beginning. If Bud doesn’t drag him to Phoenix (or wherever he ends up), it would be great to keep Ham at least on the staff.

Hawks fans, who would you like to see roam the sidelines next season? 

Phil Veasley | @_ATLPhil

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