Phoenix Suns Sign Coach Mike Budenholzer to Reported $50+ Million, Five-Year Deal

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Phoenix Suns Coach Mike Budenholzer
Phoenix Suns Coach Mike Budenholzer

The Phoenix Suns made a significant coaching change by appointing Mike Budenholzer as their new head coach, succeeding Frank Vogel. Budenholzer brings a wealth of experience, having previously coached the Atlanta Hawks and the Milwaukee Bucks, where he clinched a championship during the 2020-21 season.

Despite a setback with the Bucks in the 2022-23 season, he now joins the Suns, ready to lead another star-studded roster. Budenholzer’s hiring comes with a lucrative five-year deal worth $50-plus million, indicating the team’s commitment to his leadership.

In this transition, Suns lead assistant coach David Fizdale is anticipated to take on a new front-office role within the organization. This move reflects the Suns’ strategy to realign their coaching staff under Budenholzer’s leadership.

Notably, this marks the third head coach in three years for the Suns under the ownership of Mat Ishbia, who took over the team in February 2023. Previous coach Monty Williams, now with the Detroit Pistons, was succeeded by Vogel, whose tenure saw mixed results and ended in disappointment.

Vogel’s season with the Suns fell short of expectations despite challenges posed by injuries to key players like Devin Booker, Bradley Beal, and Kevin Durant.

Phoenix Suns Coach Mike Budenholzer
Phoenix Suns Coach Mike Budenholzer

Despite leading the team to 49 wins and securing the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference, Vogel’s tenure ended abruptly with a playoff sweep by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Reports suggested locker room discord and dissatisfaction among players, notably Durant, regarding their roles within Vogel’s system.

Budenholzer inherits a Suns team with a vastly different makeup from his previous coaching experiences. His success in Atlanta with a team-oriented offense contrasts with Milwaukee’s reliance on Giannis Antetokounmpo’s inside play and three-point shooting.

The Suns, known for their mid-range shooting, present a new challenge for Budenholzer: integrating their star trio’s similar skill sets while maintaining team cohesion. Despite the adjustment, Budenholzer’s championship pedigree and experience make him the ideal candidate for a Suns team poised to contend immediately, emphasizing the organization’s win-now mentality.


By Brian Anderson

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