It appears Brett Brown may lose another member of his coaching staff this offseason.
Sixers top assistant coach Monty Williams is a “primary target” of the Sacramento Kings, per a report by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Kings on Thursday fired head coach Dave Joerger, but don’t expect Sacramento to be the only team looking to snatch up Williams.
Williams already has heading coaching experience with the New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans. At the time of his hiring, he was the youngest coach in the NBA at just 38. He spent five years in New Orleans and accumulated a 173-221 record, making the postseason twice. He was let go in 2015 and then took an assistant job with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He began his coaching career under Nate McMillan in Portland and has also served under Mike Krzyzewski as an assistant for Team USA.
In 2016, Williams’ wife died tragically because of injuries caused by an automobile accident. After two years away from coaching, Williams joined Brown’s staff as an assistant this season.
A former first-round pick out of Notre Dame in 1994, Williams spent nine years in the NBA. In his final season, he played in 21 games for the Sixers. He also spent time in San Antonio under Gregg Popovich.
This report comes off the heels of Brown losing assistant Billy Lange to Saint Joseph’s. The team this week did promote pro scout Lindsey Harding to assistant coach, making her the first female coach in the team’s history.
Williams will likely be a big asset to Brown during the head coach’s second playoff run. After that, Williams may be looking to guide his own team to the postseason.
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