According to Shams Charania and James Edwards III of The Athletic, the Detroit Pistons are “seriously pursuing” Monty Williams and “preparing a significant offer” for him to become their next head coach.
Charania and Edwards reported that the offer was worth around $10 million a year and that the franchise “hoped Williams would consider taking the job.”
“Initially, Williams told teams — including the Pistons — that he was interested in taking a year off,” Charania and Edwards wrote.
Williams, who was let go by the Phoenix Suns earlier this month, still owes the Suns about $21 million over the next three years.
If Williams opts to bypass the offer, Milwaukee Bucks associate head coach Charles Lee “should emerge as the likely choice,” according to Charania and Edwards.
Williams has spent the past four seasons as head coach of the Suns. He helped break their decade-long playoff drought, guided them to their third NBA Finals appearance in 2020-21 and was named Coach of the Year in 2021-22, when Phoenix won a franchise record 64 games. However, the Suns have pulled out of the playoffs with second-round exits for the past two years, including blistering losses in each of their last two playoff games. Shortly after the Denver Nuggets rebounded Phoenix in six games, Williams was let go. The Suns went 194-115 and won five playoff series in Williams’ four seasons at the helm.