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Monty Williams Agrees To Six-Year, $72 Million Deal To Become Head Coach Of The Detroit Pistons
By Ishaan Bhattacharya,
The NBA offseason has started for 28 teams around the league and we are seeing moves all over the league, especially for all the coaching vacancies.
With Nick Nurse being named the new Philadelphia 76ers manager, intrigue around where Monty Williams goes increased. It's finally been confirmed that Williams is going to join the Detroit Pistons on a six-year, $72 million contract. This could go up to eight years and $100 million based on incentives.
Adrain Wojnarowski has reported that the dollar amount of the contract is $78.5 million and called it the largest deal in coaching history.
Williams is getting paid extremely handsomely to pass up on potential opportunities with the Milwaukee Bucks or Toronto Raptors to take over the rebuilding Pistons, who had the worst record in the league last season and saw their draft pick fall to No. 5 instead of getting Victor Wembanyama . They need to make the right moves toward a winning direction and Williams is the perfect coach to help them do that.
Where Do The Pistons Go From Here?
Signing a coach like Monty is a clear statement of intent from the Pistons, as Williams turned the Suns around after they spent a few seasons stuck at the bottom of the NBA. The length of the contract indicates that even Williams knows this is a slow project and results may not come instantly for the franchise.
He has an incredibly talented young core on his hands already with Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, and Jalen Duren. With the possible draft addition of Cam Whitmore , the Pistons have all the young pieces they need. They just need a coach who can concentrate their energies on winning games, as we saw with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz last season.