Suns, coach Williams agree to long-term extension

Posted: 23/07/2022 in NBA
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The Phoenix Suns and head coach Monty Williams have reached an agreement on a long-term extension, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Williams reportedly had two years remaining on his initial five-year deal. The exact terms of his new extension are unknown, but the 50-year-old is now under contract for several additional seasons, according to Wojnarowski.

The Suns hired Williams ahead of the 2019-20 campaign and finished with a 34-39 record (46.7 winning percentage) in his debut season. Boosted by the offseason acquisition of Chris Paul – whom Williams previously coached on the New Orleans Hornets – Phoenix went 51-21 the following season and made its first Finals appearance since 1993, falling to the Milwaukee Bucks.

This past year, Williams led the Suns to a franchise-record and NBA-best 64 wins, but their playoff run ended in the conference semifinals against the Dallas Mavericks. He was named the NBA’s Coach of the Year as a result of the team’s regular-season dominance.

In eight seasons as a head coach in New Orleans and Phoenix, Williams owns a 322-299 regular-season record and is 23-22 in the postseason. The former journeyman forward also had stints as an assistant with the Portland Trail Blazers, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Philadelphia 76ers.

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