Pistons set to make Monty Williams one of NBA’s highest-paid coaches in intense search: report

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The Detroit Pistons are reportedly «intensively pursuing» Monty Williams to be their next head coach, according to The Athletic.

They don’t just want the winningest coach since 2021 in their locker room. They’re willing to make him one of the highest-paid head coaches in the process.

The Athletic reports that Detroit is willing to offer Williams $10 million per season.

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Head coach Monty Williams of the Phoenix Suns during Game 6 of the 2023 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals against the Denver Nuggets on May 11, 2023 at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona. (Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

If Williams were to take a deal at that price, it would earn him the second-highest salary among NBA head coaches based on salaries for the 2022 season.

The San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich, who has the most wins by an NBA head coach in league history, was the highest-paid coach last season at $11.5 million. After him, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr entered with $9.5 million.

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Williams didn’t even make the top 10 last season, but the Pistons reckon with how much he’s earned with the Phoenix Suns over the past four seasons. He finished his tenure in the desert with a 194-115 record.

Ever since the Suns surprisingly parted ways with Williams, he’s been one of the best head coaches on the market. The Athletic reported that the Pistons hope he will consider them as candidates for next season.

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Devin Booker (1) with Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams during the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals at the Footprint Center on May 11, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Pistons need a lot of work. They had the worst record in the NBA this season. And they weren’t lucky in the 2023 NBA Draft Lottery. The Pistons had the best chance along with the Spurs and Houston Rockets at 14% to get the first overall pick. But when the ping pong balls were selected, the Pistons got the fifth overall pick, falling out of the top three.

The Spurs won the Victor Wembanyama draft, while the Rockets got the fourth overall pick.

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Head coach Monty Williams of the Phoenix Suns before Game 5 of the 2023 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals against the Denver Nuggets on May 9, 2023 at Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado. (Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Detroit doesn’t want to rush its process to return to the playoffs, so Williams would have to be involved in developing the team’s young talent, which includes Killian Hayes, Jaden Ivey, James Wiseman and others.

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