the atlanta hawks hired mike budenholzer as their next head coach tuesday, agreeing to a multiyear contract with the longtime san antonio spurs assistant.

Budenholzer, 43, has been an assistant with the spurs for the past 17 years and been with the organization under coach gregg popovich for 19 years overall. He has a long-term relationship with hawks general manager danny ferry, who played for budenholzer and worked with him as an executive with the spurs.

"he has an incredible basketball acumen and has a keen awareness of the league and what it takes to be successful," ferry said in a statement released by the team. "his experience and four championships over the last 17 years provide a tremendous foundation for his leadership of our team."

the spurs allowed the hawks to interview budenholzer during the playoffs and then gave approval to negotiate a contract with him after they advanced to the nba finals with a victory over the memphis grizzlies on monday night.
- espn