Pistons Prepared to Make Monty Williams One of the Highest-Paid Coaches in NBA

Monty Williams during the 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend
Monty Williams during the 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend. Image by Erik Drost/Wikipedia

The Detroit Pistons are reportedly pursuing Monty Williams to become their new head coach. According to a report by The Athletic, the Pistons hope to lure Williams with a contract that would make him one of the highest-paid head coaches in the NBA.

The Pistons are willing to give Williams a five-year deal with an average salary of $10 million per season. The 51-year-old coach is currently considering the offer, but it remains to be seen whether that will be enough to convince him to come to Detroit.

Williams spent the previous four seasons with the Phoenix Suns, leading the franchise to four playoff trips and NBA Finals appearance. He has been the coach with the most wins in the league since 2021, but the Suns decided to fire him following a disappointing Conference Semifinals exit this postseason.

It is believed that Williams initially wanted to take a year off before taking a new job. However, Detroit believes they can get him to change his mind with a lucrative salary and opportunity to coach a talented team that includes former No. 1 pick Cade Cunningham.

The Pistons are looking for a new head coach since Dwayne Casey moved to the front office role at the end of the 2022-23 regular season. If they are rejected by Williams, Detroit is expected to pursue Milwaukee Bucks’ associate head coach Charles Lee and Overtime Elite coach Kevin Ollie.