Milwaukee Bucks rumors: Giannis not extending; Bud out as head coach?
Milwaukee Bucks rumors: Are the Bucks done with head coach Mike Budenholzer?
The top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks‘ collapse at the hands of the 8-seeded Miami Heat in the first round of the NBA Playoffs will go down as one of the biggest upsets in league history. The premature playoff loss will set up the Bucks for some big questions that must be answered heading into the offseason.
And one of the first that they’ll have to answer revolves around what to do with head coach Mike Budenholzer.
At the very least, Budenholzer deserves some of the blame for the Bucks’ first-round playoff loss. It wasn’t just that the Bucks lost to the Heat, which would’ve been a disappointment either way. However, what makes it all worse is the fact that they were absolutely bullied by the 8-seeded Heat.
Will Budenholzer be the scapegoat? Will the team lean on the championship that he helped the Bucks win a couple of years ago and keep him on for one more season?
According to a recent report, there is a belief around the league that the Bucks will move on from Budenholzer this offseason. But that appears to be just the tip of the iceberg.
Will Giannis Antetokounmpo put the pressure on the Milwaukee Bucks front office this summer?
According to another report, it seems unlikely that Giannis Antetokounmpo extends his contract with the Bucks this summer. Even if he doesn’t agree to a contract extension this offseason, Giannis is still under contract for at least another two years with the Bucks.
But this could be a tactic that Giannis elects to use to get the front office to make an aggressive move. Since winning a championship, the Bucks really haven’t made a big move to improve the roster. After being upset by the 8-seed, it’s become quite clear that the Bucks will need to make some type of adjustment this offseason.
Milwaukee can’t simply run it back with this same roster. If that does end up happening, you’d have to expect that, at the very least, there’s some sort of coaching change. But even then, I’m not sure how you sell your fanbase or, perhaps most importantly, Giannis on that idea.
During the regular season, the Bucks might’ve been the best team in the Eastern Conference. But I don’t think a team without major flaws loses in the first round to the 8-seed. The Bucks have problems and they need to be addressed this offseason.