Monty Williams Expected To Coach In 2017

Monty Williams is expected to be one of the “elite candidates” on the NBA coaching market once the season concludes, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports (Twitter links). The University of Illinois offered Williams its head coaching gig and was willing to make him one of the highest-paid coaches in the NCAA. Williams turned down the offer, as he focuses his attention on making a return to an NBA sideline.

Williams is currently working in the Spurs’ front office. He’s had various roles in the organization over his lifetime, ranging from player to coaching intern.

He was an associate head coach with the Thunder during the 2015/16 campaign. Prior to his time in Oklahoma City, he spent five years as the coach of the Pelicans, where he made the playoffs on two occasions. He owns a 173-221 record as a head coach.

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3 thoughts on “Monty Williams Expected To Coach In 2017

  1. Nigel

    If I were him i would have token the offer. I think he could use a fresh start. Also look at others opportunities to coach. Been in the league for five years and his record is 1773_221 that a losing record offense he coming off a difficult year in last headchoaching job. Just think he need fresh start.

    • GuruGray

      He took the Pelicans to the playoffs in his last year as their head coach…Also judging a coach entirely by their win-loss record is foolish. Is Brett Brown the worst coach in the history of the NBA because of his record? Or is the record more of a reflection on the lack of talent that has been on the team?

      • James

        I think Monty will be a solid coach in the right situation. He will create a great culture. Pelicans should’ve held on to him. Demps will eventually be canned, because of the decision he made to go in a different direction, after Monty got them to the playoffs.


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