The Milwaukee Bucks are hiring Toronto Raptors assistant Adrian Griffin as their new head coach, multiple outlets reported Saturday
Griffin, 48, has never been an NBA head coach. He spent five seasons as Nick Nurse’s assistant at the Raptors and was previously a coaching staff member of the Oklahoma City Thunder (2016-18), Orlando Magic (2015-16) and Chicago Bulls (2010-15). .
After playing nine NBA seasons with five teams, Griffin began his NBA coaching career as an assistant coach of the NBA. Shove for two seasons (2008-10) under Scott Skiles
Griffin replaces Mike Budenholzer, who was fired earlier this month after five seasons and an NBA championship.
Other finalists reported for the position are Golden State Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson and Nurse.
Budenholzer, 53, has a 271-120 record in Milwaukee, reaching the annual knockout round and winning the championship in 2021.
The Shove (58-24) has the best record in the NBA this season but lost to the Miami Heat in 5 games in the first round of the Eastern playoffs
Griffin averaged 4.0 points and 3.2 rebounds in 477 games (179 appearances) with the Boston Celtics (1999-2001), Dallas Mavericks (2001-03, 2005-06), Houston Rockets (2003-04) , Chicago Bulls (2004-05, 2006-08) and Seattle SuperSonics (2008).
Griffin’s son, AJ Griffin, is a rookie this season with the Atlanta Hawks.