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San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, left, and assistant Mike Budenholzer, right, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Wednesday, March 9, 2011 in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Add another name to the list of finalists for the Warriors' head coaching vacancy: Mike Budenholzer.

It's not a new name, as the San Antonio Spurs assistant coach was mentioned almost immediately after Golden State parted ways with Keith Smart on April 27.

According to a team source, co-owner Joe Lacob is flying to San Antonio on Wednesday to interview Budenholzer. Lacob, who was present for the Warriors' predraft workout Tuesday at the team facility, didn't make himself available to the media and has declined to reveal the names of candidates. But if Lacob's trip to San Antonio suggests anything, it's that Budenholzer is being seriously considered.

Budenholzer joins Boston assistant Lawrence Frank, Dallas assistant Dwane Casey, ESPN analyst Mark Jackson and former Houston coach Rick Adelman as confirmed finalists.

"We're really not sure yet," Lacob said last week when asked about the timetable to hire a coach. "There's more time required, more interviews. This is probably the single most important hire that we will make in the near-term. This is the guy that determines whether the team wins or loses, to a large extent."

At least four other candidates have been taken out of the mix. Former Cleveland coach Mike Brown was hired by the Los Angeles Lakers. Kevin McHale, who also was interviewed by the Warriors, is going to Houston. Lakers assistants Brian Shaw and Chuck Person, according to the source, didn't survive the first round of interviews.


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Another team source said it's likely a coach will be hired before the June 23 draft, though that isn't a deadline the team has set.

While the search for a coach continues, the Warriors' brain trust has begun looking for new players. Six invited players worked out Tuesday, though the early odds are slim any will end up with the Warriors.

None of Tuesday's prospects is a projected lottery pick. Florida State forward Chris Singleton is slated to land just outside the lottery in most mock drafts, several spots behind the Warriors' No. 11 pick. Texas swingman Jordan Hamilton, who matched up often against Singleton on Tuesday, is expected to be taken in the top 25 but would be a reach for the Warriors at No. 11. Dayton forward Chris Johnson could go in the second round, where the Warriors own the No. 43 overall pick.

The rest of Tuesday's invitees -- Seton Hall shooting guard Jeremy Hazell, Texas forward Gary Johnson and Pepperdine forward Mychel Thompson (son of former NBA star Mychal Thompson) -- likely won't hear their names called on draft day.

Warriors general manager Larry Riley has said he is looking to bolster the Warriors' depth in the draft, something the new coach will need.

Not too long ago, it appeared Budenholzer wouldn't be the beneficiary of anyone picked by Golden State. He told the San Antonio Express-News that he was flattered at being mentioned as a candidate by other clubs but that he planned to stay in San Antonio.