By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Phoenix Suns get their man. Monty Williams has signed a five-year deal to become their new head coach.
Williams spurred an opportunity to become the Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach or an opportunity to become the Philadelphia 76ers Head Coach. He was the Associate Head Coach for the 76ers under Brett Brown this season.
The Lakers were also very interested in Williams, as well. Los Angeles parted ways with former head coach Luke Walton after the season.
There was also speculation that Williams might replace Brown if he would be fired. However, this could be an indication that Brown will be given another season.
He replaces Igor Kokoškov, who was fired after the season. Immediately after he was fired, the Suns had Williams as their top target.
After some time as an assistant coach, Williams returns to the bench as a head coach. He spent five seasons as the New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans Head Coach from 2010 through 2015.
He one season with the 76ers after the team lost Lloyd Pierce, who left the team last off-season. Piece was named the Atlanta Hawks Head Coach on May 11, 2018.
Before accepting this position, he did not coach for several seasons. He was last the Oklahoma City Thunder Associate Head Coach for the 2015-16 season.
As the Thunder Associate Head Coach, Williams lost his wife in a car accident on February 10, 2016. That forced him to step away from the game and focus on his family.
He also spent five seasons as the Portland Trail Blazers assistant coach from 2005 through 2010.
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