Pistons fire head coach Monty Williams

 
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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2023 6:30 am    Post subject: Pistons fire head coach Monty Williams

https://nba.nbcsports.com/2023/05/13/phoenix-suns-reportedly-fire-head-coach-monty-williams/

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Phoenix Suns reportedly fire head coach Monty Williams

When an aggressive new owner takes control of a franchise, nobody is safe.

In an unexpected move, the Phoenix Suns have fired head coach Monty Williams — the man who coached this team to the 2021 NBA Finals — according to reports from both Shams Charania of The Athletic and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

This comes after new owner Mat Ishbia and the Suns made an aggressive move at the trade deadline to bring in Kevin Durant to pair with Devin Booker. While that trade gave the Phoenix one of the top duos in the NBA, it also gutted the roster’s depth, something evident in the team’s second-round loss to the Nuggets. While that was an earlier-than-expected exit — and consecutive seasons of blowout exits — it was not on Williams, who tried almost everything but could only do so much with a limited roster.

If Booker or Durant stuck up for Williams, he would still be the coach. Williams had his clashes with center Deandre Ayton and that was one reason — along with limited tools for roster building — that the former No.1 pick center is expected to be traded this offseason. Williams helped turn the Suns from a 19-win laughing stock to one of the best teams in the West. He signed an extension in the last year and reportedly has at least three years, $21 million on his contract and that could be more like four years and more than $30 million.

The big question for the Suns: Who are they getting that’s better?

There are two coaches available who have won a ring in the last four years — former Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer and former Raptors coach Nick Nurse — but Marc Stein reports that the Suns have their eye on still-employed Clippers coach Tyronn Lue.

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Lue said he intended to be back with Los Angeles next season, just after the Clippers were eliminated by the Suns (after pushing them hard despite Paul George missing the entire series and Kawhi Leonard only playing in two games). Lue’s frustration with the constantly shifting roster with the Clippers was evident, but he is still under contract with them and Phoenix would have to give up a lot to get him (if Lue even wants the job).

The Suns are expected to shake up the roster and the front office this summer (they fired two scouts and an assistant coach before this move). They are all in on winning with Durant and Booker, but have a long way to go to get there.

And that now includes finding a new coach.


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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2023 11:02 am    Post subject:

Another one bites the dust.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2024 6:11 am    Post subject:

Grand opening grand closing


https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/40385485/sources-pistons-fire-coach-monty-williams-one-season

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Sources: Pistons fire coach Monty Williams after one season
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After one season, the Detroit Pistons have dismissed coach Monty Williams, who leaves with five years and $65 million-plus left on his deal, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The decision to fire Williams was made at the ownership level, sources told Wojnarowski.



New team president Trajan Langdon will move to make his own coaching hire now.

The Pistons finished an NBA-worst 14-68 in Williams' one and only season with the franchise.

Williams -- a two-time NBA coach of the year -- was lured to Detroit with a massive six-year deal after he was fired by the Phoenix Suns last year. He had initially planned to sit out a season while dealing with his wife's cancer diagnosis but took on the Pistons' rebuild under former Pistons general manager Troy Weaver.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2024 1:50 pm    Post subject:

I don't understand this firing. Why eat that much money when the team though underperforming is obviously not built for a big leap either.
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