To become the next head coach of the team, Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach Monty Williams has reportedly reached a five-year deal with the Phoenix Suns. Williams was a highly sought-after candidate for a number of vacant head coaching positions, including the Los Angeles Lakers, now the 20th head coach in Suns history.

From 2010-15, Williams, 47, served as New Orleans Hornets / Pelicans ‘ head coach. This was his first year of coaching in Philadelphia alongside Brett Brown. The Suns finished the year at 19-63, tied to the Cleveland Cavaliers for second worst in the NBA. As a result, Phoenix, along with the Cavs and New York Knicks, will have a 14 percent chance to land the # 1 overall pick (aka Zion Williamson) in the 2019 NBA Draft. Williams and co. will find out exactly where they are going to pick up on May 14 at the Draft Lottery.

Of course, when that date rolls around in less than two weeks, the Sixers could very likely still compete in the NBA playoffs -but Monty will certainly keep a close eye on those ping pong balls. The Suns have a 52.1 percent chance of securing a Top-4 pick and may drop in the draft no more than seventh (after losing a tiebreaker with the Cavs, which can drop no less than sixth).

The Sixers, coming out of a dominant win on Thursday night against the Raptors, are holding a 2-1 series lead heading into Game 4 this Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center. Worth noting: Today’s move by the Suns paves the way for LA to sign LeBron’s “preferred” choice, Tyronn Lue.


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