Tracking all the NBA coaching changes in 2017-18


After a 2016-17 season with no coaching changes, there has been plenty of movement on that front in 2017-18. Three coaches lost their jobs during the season, and the offseason firings began just hours after the regular season ended. We’ll be on top of all the moves as they happen.

Who’s out: Mike Budenholzer?
Who’s in: TBD

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Hawks granted coach Mike Budenholzer permission to speak with the Phoenix Suns about their head-coaching vacancy, but Budenholzer has since withdrawn his name from consideration for that job. Budenholzer led the Hawks to the Eastern Conference finals in 2014-15, but the team declined every season since, missing the postseason altogether in 2017-18 to end a 10-season streak. Budenholzer, an Arizona native who has two years left on his contract, had been Atlanta’s president of basketball operations until he relinquished front office control with the arrival of new GM Travis Schlenk in the spring of 2017.

Who’s out: Steve Clifford
Who’s in: TBD

Clifford, who took a medical leave of absence earlier this season, had been with Charlotte since their final season as the Bobcats. But back-to-back seasons finishing 10 games below .500 marked the end of his tenure with the franchise. Newly hired GM Mitch Kupchak will now lead the search for a coach who can lead the Hornets to their first playoff series win since 2002.

Who’s out: Frank Vogel
Who’s in: TBD

The good feelings from Orlando’s hot start quickly faded as the Magic slumped to a 25-57 finish, leading to Vogel being fired after two seasons at the helm. Vogel was 54-110 in two seasons with the Magic.

Who’s out: Jeff Hornacek
Who’s in: TBD

A season-ending win over the Cleveland Cavaliers wasn’t enough to save Hornacek, who was fired when the team got back to New York after the finale. Hornacek was 60-104 in two seasons with the Knicks.

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Who’s out: Jason Kidd
Who’s in: Joe Prunty (interim)

Despite the support of superstar forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kidd was fired 45 games into the season, his fourth at the helm of the Bucks. Longtime NBA assistant Prunty was named the interim coach for the remainder of the season and guided Milwaukee to a 21-16 finish and a first-round playoff matchup with the Toronto Raptors.

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Who’s out: David Fizdale
Who’s in: J.B. Bickerstaff (interim)

The Grizzlies were on top of the NBA in the season’s early weeks, but an eight-game losing skid and a frayed relationship with Marc Gasol cost Fizdale his job. That losing streak extended to 11 under Bickerstaff, who eventually finished with a 15-48 mark in his second interim coaching job (he went 37-34 with the Houston Rockets in 2015-16). With the team’s ownership situation cleared up, the focus now moves to finding a full-time coach.

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Who’s out: Earl Watson
Who’s in: Jay Triano (interim)

A dismal start and a disgruntled Eric Bledsoe doomed Watson, who was fired just three games into the season. Triano, the former head coach of the Toronto Raptors, took over on an interim basis and guided the Suns to the worst record in the league, securing the best odds for the top pick in May’s draft lottery.

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