Bucks Set to Hire Raptors Assistant Adrian Griffin as Next Coach

Edgar Chaput | Updated May 29, 2023

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According to reports, the Milwaukee Bucks are on the cusp of announcing Raptors assistant Adrian Griffin as their next head coach.

It looks as though roles to fill in the Toronto Raptors’ coaching staff just got a bit more numerous. As per reports that came out this past weekend, the Milwaukee Bucks have settled on their next head coach: Toronto assistant Adrian Griffin.

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Milwaukee Bucks to Hire Adrian Griffin

Since late April both the Raptors and Bucks have been in identical predicaments. Both of their seasons ended earlier than they’d have liked – Milwaukee’s shockingly so – and have been in the market for new head coaches after firing Nick Nurse and Mike Budenholzer.

Rumours swirled about which candidates the respective clubs would welcome into their buildings. There was a brief spell when chatter suggested Nurse would land in Milwaukee and Budenholzer in Toronto!

All that said, as per reports, it’s another Raptors figure who will lead Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and the Bucks next season. Adrian Griffin, an assistant to Nurse, is the man for the job according to Milwaukee brass. ESPN reveals that while a final contract has not been agreed upon, the team made its choice on Saturday.

Griffin was Nurse’s right-hand man for the past four seasons in Toronto. This will be his first-ever head coaching job. It’s also said that he met with Giannis specifically during the hiring process. It should be noted that Griffin and Bucks general manager Jon Horst know each other. Horst was already with the franchise as Director of Basketball Operations back in 2008 when Griffin was beginning to earn his coaching spurs.

Griffin has also worked in Oklahoma City, Orlando, and Chicago prior to his stint with the Raptors.