Monty Williams has found his next team in the NBA, just a couple of weeks after he parted ways with the Phoenix Suns.
The 2022 Coach of the Year has reached an agreement to take over the Detroit Pistons and make them a playoff team again.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the deal will be for six years, worth a total of $78.8M. It will be the largest coaching contract in NBA history.
The 51-year-old coach won 63% of his games over four regular seasons with the Suns, but Phoenix was eliminated in the Western Conference semifinals two years in a row after losing to the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2021 NBA Finals.
Monty Williams was under contract with the Suns before his dismissal and is still owed, roughly, $21M over the next three years by Phoenix. He will now replace Dwane Casey, who stepped down to become Detroit’s president of Basketball Operations.
The Pistons finished the regular season with the worst record in the NBA, at 17-65, but they will pick fifth in the 2023 NBA Draft. Detroit, a three-time NBA championship franchise, has earned a spot in the playoffs just twice in 14 years.