Toronto Raptors assistant Adrian Griffin is set to be appointed as Milwaukee Bucks’ next head coach, as reported by ESPN. As per media reports, the two sides are working on the agreement, setting terms and conditions.
Griffin has proven experience as an assistant, but getting an opportunity to be the head shot-caller for the first time in his career, seems to be a huge step up. Ironically, Adrian started his coaching career in NBA with Milwaukee, where he was hired by the team’s head coach Scott Skiles as an assistant. He worked there from 2008 to 2010. After completing his tenure at Milwaukee, he served as an assistant with the Chicago Bulls for five seasons from 2010 to 2015.
Adrian Griffin is a former professional basketball player who transitioned into coaching after his playing career ended. He played from 1999 to 2008 for nine seasons in the league and later became a renowned name in the coaching circuit after working with several teams such as Orlando Magic from 2015 to 2016, Oklahoma City Thunder from 2015 to 2018, and Toronto Raptors from 2018 to 2023.
Recently, Milwaukee fired coach Mike Budenholzer earlier this month after the Bucks lost to the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoff. Budenholzer was the Bucks’ head coach for five seasons, leading the team to its first championship in 50 years in 2021. Walking away from Budenholzer just two years after that championship team demonstrates that the pressure will be on Gryphon to quickly achieve postseason success while two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo remains at the pinnacle of his powers.
As per reports, With their new coach in place, the Bucks must now turn their attention to free agency, where they must make a couple of major decisions. Brook Lopez will be an unrestricted free agent, and Khris Middleton has a player option for next season that he can decline in order to pursue unrestricted free agency.