In search of a new coach since the departure of Dwane Casey, the Pistons have opted for Monty Williams! Just fired by the Suns, the 2022 Coach of the Year has signed a 6-year, $78.5 million contract.
When you love, you don’t count, some would say. It seems clear the Pistons are very fond of Monty Williams because they broke the bank to bring him to Michigan. 78.5 million over six years is quite simply the biggest deal signed by a coach in the history of the League!
Monty Williams has agreed to a six-year, $78.5 million contract with the Detroit Pistons, sources tell ESPN. It’s the largest coaching deal in NBA history.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 1, 2023
This is an incredible proof of confidence from Detroit, which is committed to the very long term with Williams. According to Shams Charania of The Athleticthe contract also has two Team Options that can push the duration of the deal up to 8 seasons and therefore potentially above 100 million dollars.
Elected Coach of the Year in 2022, Monty Williams was the one who allowed the Suns to return to the fore, even reaching the NBA Finals, while they were vegetating in the shallows of the West when he arrived. In Michigan, the tactician tackles a huge project. For four years already, Detroit began its reconstruction. The catastrophic results follow one another, the promising young people too, but the franchise is slow to show significant progress. As he did in Arizona, Williams will therefore have to put the Pistons afloat. To form Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey and company, the Bad Boys team could hardly find a better profile on the market.
With the Detroit bench now occupied, there are only two franchises left without a coach at the time of this writing: Toronto and Phoenix.
Text source: ESPN / The Athletic