Monty Williams was the head coach of the Phoenix Suns since 2019 and saw them become one of the most exciting and beloved squads in the league.
But after another disappointing end to the postseason, Williams was fired from that job just weeks ago.
On Wednesday, it was announced that Williams signed an eye-popping deal to become the new head coach of the Detroit Pistons.
As noted by Joe Pompliano, Williams’ firing from the Suns came with a $20+ million buyout.
Just weeks later, he has agreed to a six-year, $78 million contract with the Pistons, the largest deal in league history.
Even with his firing, Williams has been doing quite well for himself lately.
Monty Williams was fired by the Phoenix Suns last month, which would have included a $20M+ buyout.
And now, just 18 days later, Monty Williams has signed a 6-year, $78.5 million contract with the Pistons.
That is the largest coaching deal in NBA history.
What a bounce back 📈 pic.twitter.com/5uZgJWJJwp
— Joe Pompliano (@JoePompliano) June 1, 2023
Just a couple of years ago, some people thought that Williams could be coaching the Suns for decades to come.
The team had transformed from a punchline to legitimate Finals contenders.
However, they had a hard time sealing the deal, losing in the NBA Finals in 2020-21 and then suffering shocking defeats in the playoffs in the following two years.
When they were easily taken down by the Denver Nuggets in the second round this season, it was clear that Williams was likely on the way out.
But he is a talented coach and has repeatedly shown he can lead a team and change its culture.
Now he will be tasked with doing that for another team that is currently at the bottom of the NBA barrel.
People are gasping at the amount of money that Williams is making in Detroit but he really does have a hard job ahead.NEXT: Former NBA Coach Reveals His 'Hope' From This Postseason For Organizations