Monty Williams is set to become the next head coach of the Detroit Pistons. The deal is six years, $78.5 million with a chance to reach $100 million if the team keeps him for a seventh and eighth season. Williams coached for the Phoenix Suns from 2019-23, bringing them to an NBA finals in 2021.
The Pistons spent the last few weeks deciding between multiple options. They had interviewed former UConn head coach Kevin Ollie and Milwaukee Bucks’ assistant Charles Lee. Both were highly considered, but the Pistons ultimately decided to go with the 2022 coach of the year, Monty Williams.
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Williams is coming into a similar position he was in with the Phoenix Suns when he became their head coach. Players like Jaden Ivey and Cade Cunningham highlight a young, talented roster in Detroit. They also own the fifth pick in this year’s draft. The Suns were a terrible team prior to Williams arriving, and with the growth of young talent, he was able to improve that team to a consistent contender.
The Pistons are hoping he can do the same for them. The front office is certainly showing a lot of faith with a massive contract. They employ patience and trust that this hire will change the direction of the franchise. Williams is widely considered a players coach, so he should be able to connect well with the young stars in Detroit.
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