Detroit Cylinders is focusing on Monty Williams to be its new lead trainer and is ready to offer the previous Phoenix Suns front man $10 million for every season, The Athletic detailed Wednesday.
The report comes three weeks after the Cylinders had distinguished three finalists for their opportunity – Kevin Ollie, Jarron Collins and Charles Lee. However at that point Williams was terminated by Phoenix.
What's muddled is in the event that Williams is keen on training this season. Williams allegedly is owed $21 million on the three excess long stretches of his agreement with Phoenix. Further, he told groups – including the Cylinders – that he planned to go home for the year with his family in the repercussions of his amazing ouster by the Suns.
The $10 million yearly would put Williams among the NBA's most generously compensated mentors.
The Cylinders are supplanting Dwane Casey, who ventured down last month after five seasons as lead trainer.
Assuming that the Cylinders are rejected by Williams, they're supposed to extend to the employment opportunity to the 38-year-old Lee, per the report. Lee has been an associate mentor under Mike Budenholzer with Atlanta and Milwaukee the beyond nine seasons. Budenholzer was terminated by the Bucks early this month.
Williams, 51, went 194-115 out of four seasons with the Suns and won Mentor of the Year praises in 2021-22.
He drove the Suns to the end of the season games the last three seasons, going 27-19 in the postseason.
Williams additionally went 173-221 out of five seasons as lead trainer of the New Orleans Pelicans (2010-15).