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Lakers Rumors: Monty Williams to the Phoenix Suns is gaining momentum

Lakers Rumors: Monty Williams to the Phoenix Suns is gaining momentum

Monty Williams was named the 20th head coach in the history of the Phoenix Suns on Friday (May 3), the team announced. He will stay with the team until the end of Philadelphia's playoff run, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

"I am thrilled to welcome Monty Williams to the Suns family as our next head coach. Monty is well respected for his coaching pedigree, leadership and commitment to the community, all of which make him the ideal person to lead our team moving forward".

Williams has five years of head coaching experience with New Orleans.

When David Blatt was sacked in the middle of the 2015-2016 National Basketball Association season as the Cleveland Cavaliers' head coach, it was Lue that took over and led the Cavs past the Golden State Warriors in the finals.

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He began his coaching career with the Portland Trail Blazers as an assistant in 2005 before taking the reins in New Orleans. He took time off after his wife's death and returned to coaching with the 76ers under Brett Brown. Williams now serves as Brett Brown's top assistant.

Williams, 47, had been reportedly targeted by several teams for their vacant head-coaching jobs, including the Lakers and Suns. The Suns fired Jeff Hornacek in early 2016 and Earl Watson in 2017.

The Suns star began his career under Jeff Hornacek, soon going under the guidance of Earl Watson, Jay Triano, and most-recently Igor Kokoskov, who was sacked after one season.

The Suns went 24-58, and after Phoenix lost its first three games of the following season, Watson was sacked and replaced by Jay Triano on an interim basis. Twelve days later, Jones fired Kokoskov.