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Budenholzer rejects Suns, remains with Hawks

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Phoenix Suns head coaching vacancy. He has two years left on his contract with the Hawks worth over $13 million.

Budenholzer was given permission to speak with the Suns. He then spent Monday and Tuesday with front office executives and owner Robert Sarver.

Mike Budenholzer (Getty Images)

Mike Budenholzer (Getty Images)

He was one of several coaching candidates for this job. Former Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale interviewed with the team on Wednesday.

Jay Triano, who was named the interim head coach after Earl Watson was fired early in the season, interviewed with the team on Thursday. The Suns would also like to interview former Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford and former Orlando Magic head coach Frank Vogel for the position.

The Suns are looking for their fifth head coach since Alvin Gentry left following the 2013 season, if Triano does not get the job. Lindsey Hunter lasted 41 games, before he was replaced by Jeff Hornacek.

He lasted 213 games, before Watson was hired. Triano went 21-58 through 79 games.

Budenholzer just completed his fifth season as the Hawks head coach. The 2017-18 season was his worst with the team as they went 24-58 and missed the playoffs.

As an NBA head coach, he is 213-197. His best season came in his sophomore campaign in Atlanta, as he went 60-22 in the 2014-15 season.

He was hired by the Hawks in May 2013 after being a long-time Spurs assistant coach.

Budenholzer is fourth on the Hawks all-time wins list with 213. He trains Richie Guerin (327), Mike Fratello (324), and Lenny Wilkens (310).

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