The Knicks have set up yet another interview for their head coach vacancy, as Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer will meet with the team Sunday, per ESPN's Ian Begley.
It was reported earlier by Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Michael Cunningham that Atlanta granted the Knicks permission to speak with Budenholzer.
The list of candidates New York has includes former coaches, but Budenholzer makes the first current NBA head coach to receive an interview. He has been at the helm for the Hawks since Atlanta made him head coach before the 2013-14 season, where he led his team to a modest 38-44 record. However, next season saw a major change with a 60-22 record and 16 postseason games.
But those good fortunes in the past didn't come to Budenholzer's squad this season. The Hawks were the worst team in the East with a 24-58 record after making the playoffs a season ago.
It is unknown whether the Hawks want him back next season, but giving him permission to speak with another team about a job opportunity may point to Atlanta wanting a change. The Hawks may not want to pay the $13 million left on Budenholzer's contract over the next two seasons.
The 48-year-old recently spoke with the Suns last week, but he pulled his name out of consideration for thier vacancy on Thursday, ESPN reported.
He does have a Knicks connection with former Hawks SG Tim Hardaway Jr. being under his wing before he was signed by New York this past offseason. Hardaway has publicly praised Budenholzer for helping him with his defense during his time in Atlanta.
Budenholzer was a long-time assistant coach for the Spurs since he began his coaching career back in 1996. He spent 17 years in the Spurs organization before being promoted with the Hawks.
The Knicks do intend to speak with Budenholzer about their head coach vacancy, but a date has not been set yet.