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Monty Williams | Forward

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (43) / 10/8/1971
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 225
College: Notre Dame
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The Thunder have agreed to hire former Pelicans coach Monty Williams as an assistant under Billy Donovan.
It's an exceptionally quick turnaround for Williams after the Pelicans cut him loose on May 12. He has five years of head-coaching experience with New Orleans, compiling a 173-221 record during the regular season with first-round playoff exits in 2010-11 and 2014-15, and there's little doubt that he'll serve as Donovan's head assistant. Current assistants Mark Bryant and Darko Rajakovic are expected to keep their positions, and OKC is still searching for another coach with "a strong defensive pedigree." Jun 2 - 10:53 PM

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Pelicans GM Dell Demps said that management viewed the decision to fire Monty Williams as best for the long-term success of the organization, and that there is currently no timetable on finding their next head coach.

Demps added that while he will be spearheading the head coaching search, it will ultimately come down to an organizational decision, and the status of the current assistant coaching staff's future with the Pelicans will be determined by the next head coach. So far, Scott Brooks, Tom Thibodeau and Mike Malone have been mentioned as possible replacements. Williams gave a very candid interview after his firing, which can be viewed in the link below. He is a class act, and should have no trouble finding his next coaching gig, although it may not be as a head coach.
Source: WDSU.com
May 12 - 4:29 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have fired head coach Monty Williams.

This comes as a bit of a surprise after Williams led the team to 45 wins and a playoff appearance in a tough Western Conference, despite dealing with a slew of injuries, but that's the business of being a head coach at the NBA level. There are now three head coaching positions open (Denver, Orlando, New Orleans), but the Pelicans are the only team that owns a true superstar in Anthony Davis. If Chicago's Tom Thibodeau is indeed ousted at the end of the season, he'll be a favorite for the New Orleans job, and it would be fascinating to see him mentor one of the leagues up-and-coming superstars.
May 12 - 1:03 PM

Monty Williams said he's not worried about his job security after being swept in the first round of the playoffs.

Despite the factions that don't think Williams should be retained as the Pelicans head coach, Williams isn't worried about his job security. "I'm under contract; well paid to do what I do," he said, "Not something I think about." Williams will likely get another chance to bring the Pelicans back to the playoffs after finishing as the Western Conference's eight seed, but anything is possible and we'll be keeping a close eye on his status.
Apr 28 - 12:09 PM

Monty Williams said that he will continue to fiddle with rotations during Game 4 of the preseason, but Game 5 and 6 will look more like regular season rotations.

It's standard procedure to fiddle with rotations in early preseason, but as we get closer to opening night the regular season minute’s distributions will begin to become clearer. We'll mainly be watching how Ryan Anderson's minutes are distributed, but it would seem Monty wants him on the floor, as he's willing to give the big man some time at the 3-spot. It'll also be interesting to see if Jimmer Fredette can earn a spot in the rotation once Tyreke Evans (hamstring) has returned to the court.
Fri, Oct 10, 2014 05:58:00 PM

The Pelicans are "aggressively" trying to trade into the first round, according to Yahoo! Sports.

They are believed to be in the market for a small forward or center, which were two massive holes for them last season. They would have held the 10th pick in the draft, but it was dealt in the Jrue Holiday deal. Chances are they won't be able to acquire a lottery pick.
Sat, Jun 14, 2014 10:57:00 AM

Pelicans coach Monty Williams feels his team needs to add a center and a wing shooter this offseason.

"We did the center position by committee. Some nights it worked, some nights it didn't work," said Williams, tactfully describing the Pelicans' platoon of guys like Greg Stiemsma and Alexis Ajinca. His comment about the need for wing shooting is also well taken, as New Orleans ranked 29th in 3-pointers made this season. "We have to have a wing shooter out there ... so that teams can't put their small forward on Ryan [Anderson]," he said. Pelicans GM Dell Demps will have a busy summer patching the holes around franchise centerpiece Anthony Davis.
Source: NBA.com
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 05:18:00 PM

The Pelicans are believed to be re-designing Pierre the Pelican's head to make him "less scary" before All-Star weekend.

He's easily the most talked-about mascot in the league and there have been countless of jokes made at his expense. "I hope they change their mascot so we can sleep after the game," play-by-play man Bill Land said back on Jan. 12 before the Spurs played New Orleans. It could be his red beak or about 20 other things, so the NBA world will just have to wait to see what a less scary pelican looks like. Meanwhile, the Pelicans defense hasn't been scary and is one of the worst in the league.
Wed, Jan 22, 2014 02:52:00 PM

The Pelicans unveiled their new uniforms Thursday.

The upcoming season will be the first for New Orleans under the new nickname so it was only a matter of time before they unveiled new threads. There's no Pelicans logo on the unis and the color scheme is fairly simple. The jerseys, which are a mixture of navy, gold and white, received mixed reactions.
Thu, Aug 1, 2013 03:13:00 PM

The Pelicans aren't seriously negotiating with any other free agent as they wait for Tyreke Evans to decide on whether he'll sign their four-year, $44 million offer sheet, league sources told John Reid of the Times Picayune.

Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports Evans might not even sign the offer sheet as he's still traveling the free agent circuit. He's reportedly me with the Pistons, Hawks and Kings since being presented with New Orleans' offer and was apparently encourage by his meeting with Kings brass. The Pelicans, meanwhile, continue to shop Robin Lopez in an attempt to create cap space for Evans, but we're guessing they have a backup plan just in case Evans bails.
Wed, Jul 3, 2013 05:54:00 PM

Magic waived forward Monty Williams.

Williams, whose career might be over because of knee problems, was acquired from the Sixers last week for salary cap purposes.
Fri, Dec 26, 2003 05:05:00 PM

Magic acquired forward Monty Williams from the Sixers for a 2004 second-round draft pick and cash.

Williams is considering retirement because of a left knee injury. He may never play for the Magic.
Tue, Dec 23, 2003 05:51:00 PM

Monty Williams is considering retirement because of continued soreness in his left knee.

Williams, a nine-year NBA veteran, underwent knee surgery in October of last year and never full recovered. If he doesn't play this season, both Aaron McKie and Greg Buckner would get a little extra playing time.
Sun, Oct 26, 2003 02:25:00 PM

Monty Williams, who has been out with a knee injury, was not on the bench for last night's game.

A Sixers spokeswoman said that Williams' absence was excused, but she would not elaborate.
Fri, Oct 24, 2003 11:24:00 AM

A foot injury kept Monty Williams out of tonight's game.

Williams missed most of last season with injuries, but that was due to knee and shoulder problems. This could be just a day-to-day issue.
Sat, Oct 11, 2003 11:02:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Jrue Holiday
2Norris Cole
3Toney Douglas
SG1Eric Gordon
SF1Tyreke Evans
2Quincy Pondexter
PF1Anthony Davis
2Ryan Anderson
C1Jeff Withey