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The Knicks plan to interview Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer, Spurs assistant James Borrego


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Fans already knew that the Knicks’ front office planned a trip to Europe to interview former Cavaliers coach David Blatt. Now it seems that Steve Mills and Scott Perry will continue to expand their search once they return to the States, per Ian Begley and Adrian Wojnarowski.

After the trip overseas, the Knicks are expected to meet with San Antonio Spurs assistant coach James Borrego in New York, league sources said. The Spurs granted permission to New York to interview Borrego, sources said.

The Knicks also will meet with Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer on Sunday, sources said.

The news dropped on Friday, which means the Knicks decided to try out some primo Bud on 4/20! Thank you...I’ll be here all week! Mike Budenholzer would be a serious catch for the ‘Bockers—the 2015 NBA Coach of the Year led the Hawks to 60 wins. He’s a former Gregg Popovich disciple who runs a disciplined offense and defense. He’s still under contract with the Hawks, however, and would require compensation.

The more surprising name on this list, James Borrego, is another Pop apprentice, currently plying his trade as a Spurs assistant. He worked as an assistant coach for the Orlando Magic, even taking over interim head coaching duties in 2015 after Jacque Vaughn was fired, so he has a history with Perry, the former Orlando executive.

Another bit of good news from Begley: Apparently David Fizdale and Jerry Stackhouse impressed the Knicks’ brass in their interviews. I like the sound of that!