BREAKING: Phoenix Suns Make Franchise-Altering Decision After Playoff Elimination

It just didn't go down the way it was supposed to in the desert, after the Phoenix Suns made the blockbuster trade to acquire Kevin Durant. They immediately became one of the favorites to win the title. But now, after their second-round elimination at the hands of the Denver Nuggets, two-time Coach of the Year Monty Williams is paying the price.

Williams is out as Phoenix coach after racking up those two Coach of the Year awards in four years, and a 194-115 record, a sensational .628 winning percentage. 

He took the Suns to the NBA Finals two seasons ago, but more recently, had to deal with plenty of controversy surrounding Deandre Ayton and Jae Crowder last summer, then the Durant trade which stripped the team of several key supporting players. 

Durant only managed to play eight games with the Suns after his arrival at the trade deadline, due to injuries. Williams was forced to try to build chemistry in time for the playoffs with a team whose stars really hadn't played together much going in.

Williams will now become one of the most sought-after coaches on the market, as several teams have openings, including the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors. 

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