NBA Rumors: Monty Williams Turns Down "Big Money Offer" From Eastern Conf. Team

When Monty Williams was dismissed by the Phoenix Suns after the team's elimination from this year's playoffs, he immediately vaulted to the front of the line in the NBA's coaching carousel this offseason. And he's apparently already turned down a sweet deal from the Detroit Pistons, according to NBA Insider Marc Stein.

League sources say that the Pistons, even after they failed to win the Victor Wembanyama Sweepstakes in the draft lottery, went through with their intent to make a big-money offer to Williams in hopes that the former Suns coach could be lured straight into a new job.  
It appears that plan... was unsuccessful.

Williams still has three years and over $20M remaining on his Suns deal, so he can certainly take his time to find the right position for him. He's in no rush.

The Pistons are deep into a rebuild, and finished with the worst record in the NBA by far this past season, five games clear of second-worst Houston and San Antonio. It was the Spurs, however, that won the lottery and get to select generational player Victor Wembanyama. 

It's not like the Pistons are devoid of talent, though. No. 1 pick from the 2021 Draft, franchise player Cade Cunningham missed almost all of the 2022-23 season, which helped account for Detroit's woeful record. Head coach Dwane Casey was relieved of his duties after the season. 

The Pistons are just one of the teams in the market for a new coach this summer, joining the Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks and of course Williams' ex-employer, the Suns.

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