Monty Williams, final season’s NBA Coach of the 12 months, has been fired as coach of the Phoenix Suns after their second-round playoff loss to Denver, in accordance with a number of stories Saturday.
Williams went 194-115 in 4 seasons with the Suns, however ESPN and The Athletic reported he was dumped, citing unnamed sources, solely two days after the Denver Nuggets ousted the Suns 4-2 of their best-of-seven collection.
The visiting Nuggets prevailed 125-100 in a must-win recreation for the Suns, who trailed by 30 factors at halftime.
New Suns proprietor Mat Ishbia made the choice to fireside Williams on Saturday, ESPN reported.
The Suns made a blockbuster deal to acquire Kevin Durant from the Brooklyn Nets on the February commerce deadline however an ankle damage restricted him to solely eight regular-season video games for Phoenix.
Williams, who has an general NBA teaching report of 367-336 in 5 seasons with New Orleans and 4 with the Suns, had guided the Suns into the 2021 NBA Finals, the place they misplaced to Milwaukee, earlier than Phoenix went down within the second around the previous two seasons.
With Durant and Devin Booker signed to long-term offers, the Suns can be a beautiful vacation spot for any coach.
Williams, 51, joins Toronto’s Nick Nurse and Milwaukee’s Mike Budenholzer as coaches to be fired this 12 months after being voted NBA Coach of the 12 months over the previous 5 seasons.