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Monty Williams has officially joined the Detroit Pistons as their head coach, as announced by the organization on Friday night. Williams reportedly signed a 6-year, $78.5 million contract, which makes him the highest-paid head coach in NBA history. The news conference to introduce Williams will take place in Detroit next week.
- Monty Williams officially joins the Detroit Pistons as Head Coach.
- Williams was impressed by the Pistons' vision and emphasis on the personal side of the business.
- The agreement followed extensive discussions with team owner Tom Gores and General Manager Troy Weaver.
- Williams aims to help a talented young team and build a strong culture in Detroit.
- The contract is a 6-year deal worth $78.5 million, with potential incentives for an extended term and increased value.
Monty Williams releases first statement since being hired by Detroit Pistons
The agreement between Williams and the Pistons was reached after a series of discussions with team owner Tom Gores, General Manager Troy Weaver, and other executives. These talks began over the Memorial Day Weekend and concluded with a signed agreement on Thursday. Reflecting on the process, Williams expressed his excitement about the future and the vision presented by Gores and Weaver. He appreciated the emphasis placed on the personal side of the business, showing great consideration for himself and his family.
“A week ago, I was not sure what the future would hold,” Williams said. “But, after talking with Tom and Troy, I was excited hearing their vision for the Pistons going forward. They had a thoughtful plan and I am so appreciative of the emphasis they placed on the personal side of this business. They showed tremendous consideration for me and my family throughout this process.
“They also showed a commitment to success and doing things the right way,” he said. “As we discussed the team and expressed our collective goals, I realized that this would be a great opportunity for me to help a talented young team and build a strong culture here in Detroit. This is obviously a special place with a deep basketball history, and my family and I are looking forward to the opportunity to be a part of this city and organization.”
Bottom Line – A Winning Team, On and Off the Court
With the hiring of Monty Williams, the Detroit Pistons have set themselves on a path towards success. Williams' coaching expertise, combined with the team's talented young players, creates a promising foundation for future growth. Beyond the wins and losses, Williams aims to build a strong culture that will resonate with fans, players, and the entire organization.