Suns announce Monty Williams as head coach

Phoenix Suns: 5 takeaways from the 2018-19 NBA season

The Phoenix Suns hired Monty Williams, the Philadelphia 76ers' assistant, as their new head coach Friday.

The Lakers reportedly interviewed several candidates, but Williams and Lue both got second meetings with the team and were atop their wish-list.

"I am thrilled to welcome Monty Williams to the Suns family as our next head coach", said Suns GM James Jones in a statement.

However, heading into yet another "most important offseason in franchise history!" kind of summer, the Suns can be afforded no such luxury. "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".

The 76ers have had a very successful season with a very talented roster, and that has certainly helped Williams' coaching stock rise.

Williams, 47, spent five seasons as head coach of the New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans from 2010-2015, leading the team to two postseason appearances. He also had stints as an assistant coach with the Portland Trail Blazers and Oklahoma City Thunder. He returned this past season as an assistant head coach for the Philadelphia 76ers. As of now, many believe that Williams is the top coaching option available. For the Lakers, if they want Williams to be their next head coach, they might have to move quickly if the Suns are closing in.

Jeff Hornacek started former general manager Ryan McDonough's era in the 2013-14 season when the Suns won 48 games.

It's been nearly a month since the Phoenix Suns' 2018-19 National Basketball Association season officially ended, and probably about 3-4 months since fans had any compelling reason to keep tuning in.

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