Monty Williams Reportedly Lands $78.5 Million Deal to Coach Detroit Pistons

Monty Williams Reportedly Lands $78.5 Million Deal to Coach Detroit Pistons

Joel Reyes
June 1, 2023 at 6:51 AM
  • The Detroit Pistons have reportedly reached an agreement to hire Monty Williams
  • Williams served as head coach of the Phoenix Suns for four seasons
  • He was fired by the Suns last month after the Nuggets eliminated them

Monty Williams has just secured the bag.

The former Phoenix Suns head coach has reportedly agreed to a mammoth six-year contract with the Detroit Pistons.

Williams’ contract is the largest coaching deal in the history of the NBA.

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Monty Williams talks to the media after Game 3 of the 2023 Western Conference Semifinals. Image: Barry Gossage
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Williams' contract details

Sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that Williams’ new deal with the Pistons is worth $78.5 million.

Williams became a free agent after he was fired by the Phoenix Suns earlier in May.

The Suns made the surprising coaching change after the Denver Nuggets eliminated them in the Western Conference semifinals.

It didn’t take long for Williams to find a new job.

Pistons get their guy

He was quickly hired by the Pistons, who were looking for Dwane Casey’s replacement.

Casey stepped down as Detroit’s coach in April to move into a front-office role for the Pistons, per CBS Sports.

Casey coached the Pistons for five seasons, posting an abysmal 121-263 record since he took the job in 2018.

Detroit managed to get into the playoffs in the 2018-19 season, but the Milwaukee Bucks swept the Pistons in the first round.

They have gone seven straight seasons without finishing over .500. Detroit’s last winning campaign was back in 2015-16.

The Pistons are banking on Williams to change the franchise’s fortunes.

Williams’ stock rose in Phoenix

Williams showed he could do such a thing, helping transform the Suns from a lowly franchise to a legitimate title contender during his time in Phoenix.

He posted a 194-115 record in the regular season as the coach of the Suns. Williams, who coached Phoenix for four seasons, had a 27-19 record in the postseason for the Suns.

Williams found some success in the playoffs with Phoenix, leading the team to the NBA Finals in 2021.

The Suns came so close to winning the title that year, building a 2-0 lead against the Milwaukee Bucks in the championship series before losing in six games.

Williams led the Suns to a 64-18 record the following season, helping him claim the NBA Coach of the Year award in May 2022.

Butler leads Heat to Finals

Sports Brief recently reported on Miami's win over Boston in Game 7.

Jimmy Butler starred for the Heat, scoring 28 points in the 103-84 victory.

Caleb Martin also contributed, registering a double-double with 26 points and 10 rebounds.

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