Suns general manager James Jones issued a statement Saturday following the firing of head coach Monty Williams.
The decision to walk away from Williams came just two days later. Phoenix’s playoff exitwhich came into the hands of pips in Game 6 on Thursday.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday that the decision to part ways with Williams came from new Suns owner Matt Ishbia, but instead it was Jones who voiced Saturday’s statement and indicated the decision was his.
“Monty has been instrumental to our success over the past four seasons. We are filled with gratitude for all that Monty has contributed to the Suns and the Valley community.” wrote Jones, via Gerald Bourguet of PHNX Sports. “While it was difficult for me to make this decision, I look forward to continuing to work to build a championship team.”
The Suns make the firing of Monty Williams official.
James Jones in a statement: “Monty has been instrumental to our success over the past four seasons. We are filled with gratitude for all that Monty has contributed to the Suns and to the Valley community." pic.twitter.com/pbV3MDIiVy
— Gerald Bourguet (@GeraldBourguet) May 14, 2023
Williams served as the Suns’ head coach for four seasons. He was the league’s winningest head coach since 2021, and despite reaching the NBA Finals that year, he failed to meet the organization’s goal of winning a championship.
Phoenix finished the regular season with a 45-37 record, earning the fourth seed in the West. Williams won 194 of a possible 309 games during his tenure.
Jones and Ishbia will begin the search for a head coach in the coming days, for which Wojnarowski reports there is no clear favourite. They will be competing with the Bucks, Raptors and Pistons, who are looking for a new head coach after making recent personnel changes.