Suns tap 76ers assistant Monty Williams as new coach


Williams, who coached the New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans from 2010-15, is now serving as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Phoenix Suns are finalizing a deal with popular head coaching candidate Monty Williams, the team confirmed on Twitter. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski added that Williams will remain with the Sixers until their playoff run comes to an end.

With LeBron James on the team, the Lakers' roster is certainly in a better position to win than the Suns. Currently, Williams is completing his first season as an assistant coach with the 76ers, who went 51-31 and are facing the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. He had a 173-221 (.439) record in his five years. After his head coaching stint he was an assistant for a year with the Oklahoma City Thunder in '15-16.

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The Suns later announced that Williams and the franchise had agreed to terms on a contract. He took time off after his wife's death and returned to coaching with the 76ers under Brett Brown.

Prior, Williams was with the Blazers from 2005-10 as an assistant, wherein 2007-08 he coached Suns general manager James Jones. The team fired Igor Kokoskov last month after one season.

Williams, 47, was the New Orleans Pelicans head coach from 2010-15. Before returning to the bench this season, Williams spent two seasons in the Spurs' front office as vice president of basketball operations from 2016-2018. McDonough was sacked nine days before the Suns' season started, along with half his staff, and the Suns replaced those positions internally with interim tags through the rest of the season.