The weekend before Memorial Day, back in Los Angeles, Pistons owner Tom
Gores, general manager Troy Weaver and others in Detroit’s front office held
a meeting to figure out what to do about a coaching vacancy that had been
unsettled for nearly two months. Up to this point, the Pistons’
intentionally slow-played process had led them to close to a dozen
interviewed candidates, according to team sources, with Charles Lee and KevinOllie, both of whom had never been an NBA head coach before, leading the pack
在陣亡將士紀念日的前一周 活塞老闆Tom Gores跟總管Troy Weaver還有其他管理層
Both Lee, the Milwaukee Bucks’ lead assistant and Ollie, the former UConn
and Overtime Elite coach, had impressed in different ways, per team sources
granted anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the
hiring process. But there was a gut feeling among the collective that the
search needed to continue.
That’s when Gores raised the question to the group:
“What if we go back to Monty?”
Two weeks prior, Williams, the 2022 NBA Coach of the Year, was fired by the
Phoenix Suns after a Western Conference semifinals exit. Detroit, according
to league sources, immediately checked in with Williams and his
representatives to gauge his interest in its coaching vacancy and, to put it
simply, see if he’d like to meet. Williams, though, had informed the
Pistons, Bucks and other NBA teams interested in hiring him that he was not
ready to commit to coaching next season and was leaning toward taking a year
off, per league sources. The Pistons didn’t make a formal offer to Williams
at that time, multiple sources said.
This time around, Gores, Weaver and the rest of the Pistons’ front office
decided to not take “no” for an answer and put numbers in front of
Williams, as well as a plan to court and entice him to come help an
up-and-coming squad get to the next level, as he had done with the Suns,
rather than sit out a season. The next day after that collective meeting,
Gores sent a private plane to Phoenix to pick up Williams, per league sources. The 51-year-old coach was in Gores’ California living room that night.
A week later, Williams has agreed to a lucrative deal making him the
highest-paid coach in the NBA. Williams is the winningest coach in the leaguesince 2021, when he helped lead the Suns to the NBA Finals.
Detroit saw Williams as the perfect fit for its team at this point in time.
Weaver and Williams overlapped in Oklahoma City, and when the door opened forthe Pistons to make a move, Gores, Weaver and company put all of their chips
into the middle of the table.
During the initial conversations in which Williams told teams, including
Detroit, that he was leaning toward taking next season off — Phoenix owes
him roughly $21 million over the next three years — he did mention that the
Pistons, along with another team, would be a job he’d consider taking if he
were to come back to the sideline next season, per league sources. The heavy
pursuit from Weaver, Arn Tellem and Gores, along with a lucrative commitment
and fondness for Detroit’s young core, ultimately, was too good for Williams
to pass up.
On Memorial Day, the day after Williams met Gores at his home, Gores and his
team put a memorandum in front of Williams that laid out loose terms and
other incentives and extras. The two sides agreed to the fundamentals of the
terms, but Williams took a few days to ponder the decision with his family
before making it official, team sources said.
第二次直接錢砸上去+派私人飛機皆來自家會面 不給拒絕的機會了 用錢跟誠意打動
爆[外絮] 記者：老鷹活塞拓荒者黃蜂馬刺是Ayton可能記者：老鷹活塞拓荒者黃蜂馬刺是Ayton可能的下家，太陽不認為中鋒值3000萬美元 Ayton is expected to command a maximum salary, sources said, but there is skepti cism among league executives the Suns would match such a lucrative offer. 消息人士透露，太陽中鋒Ayton預計將在休賽季獲得一份頂薪，但聯盟高管懷疑太陽是否會 匹配這份合約。
爆[情報]活塞與Monty Williams 簽下6Y72M合約Breaking: Monty Williams and the Detroit Pistons have agreed in principle on a six-year, $72 million deal for Williams to become the franchise’s new head c oach, sources tell me and @JLEdwardsIII. The deal is expected to be finalized in the coming days. 雙方將簽下6Y72M合約，合約將在近日完成
爆[情報] 公鹿非常積極追求Monty Williams“The Bucks will pursue Monty Williams from what I’m told, pretty aggressively… He’s near or at the top of their list after they fired Mike Budenholzer” 公鹿非常積極追求Monty，在開除Bud後Monty的順位非常前面 @ShamsCharania thinks there will be significant interest in Monty Williams in the marketplace 同時Shams也認為Monty在教練市場上會有非常多球隊有興趣
爆[情報] 太陽和Monty分道揚鑣，尋求找Lue的可行性Breaking: The Phoenix Suns are parting ways with head coach Monty Williams, so urces tell @TheAthletic @Stadium 太陽開除總教練Monty Williams New owner Mat Ishbia made decision to fire Williams, who has been the winninge
爆[外絮] KD有跟籃網講他想去太陽來源：ESPN 網址： Durant and his business manager Rich Kleiman told Tsai and Marks that their preference was a deal to Phoenix, sources said. Ishbia knew of Durant's desire to join his franchise and set out to acquire the superstar in his
76[情報] 太陽與Monty Williams達成多年續約ESPN Sources: Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams has agreed on a long-term contra ct extension. Williams, the NBA’s coach of the year, had two years left on his original five-year deal — and now moves under contract for several more seasons .
44[情報] 活塞隊、暴龍隊將追求Monty Williams消息來源： The Bucks, Pistons and Raptors will pursue and inquire about possibilities with head coach Monty Williams, sources tell @ShamsCharania. Williams had three years and $21 million left on his Suns deal, per sources.
26[情報] 本季最佳教練：Monty WilliamsPhoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams has won the 2021-22 NBA Coach of the Ye ar award, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Williams led the franchise to an NBA-best 64-18 record this season. 太陽教頭Monty Williams獲得本季最佳教練
19[情報] 活塞總教練Casey升職+新任人選RumorDwane Casey announces he is out as Pistons head coach. Dwane Casey 宣布他不再擔任活塞隊主教練。 Casey will join Detroit's front office as the Pistons start a head coaching se arch. Bucks assistant Charles Lee and former Celtics coach Ime Udoka are expec