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Is the Monty Williams era over in Phoenix?

After a third-straight playoff collapse, Suns’ head coach Monty Williams is officially in the hot seat, according to sources at ESPN.

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Per Tim MacMahon:

“Some sources with other NBA teams have expressed a belief that the changes could include a reorganization of the Suns’ front office and potentially even put Williams’ job in jeopardy. Ishbia made one major addition in the front office in early March, hiring Josh Bartelstein as the team’s CEO. Phoenix general manager James Jones reports directly to Bartelstein, 33, who had been an assistant general manager with the Detroit Pistons after a stint as the team’s executive vice president of business and basketball operations.”

Monty initially signed a five-year contract with the Suns in 2019. He was then given a multi-year extension during this past offseason. However, this pair of contracts came during the Robert Sarver era in Phoenix.

Suns new owner, Mat Ishbia, has made it clear from the outset that his sole focus is on winning a championship. To signal this aspiration, he wasted no time in trading for 13-time All Star Kevin Durant just ahead of the trade deadline, barely a month after taking over as owner.

While Monty Williams did coach some of the best regular seasons in the Phoenix Suns’ history, he could not finish the job in the playoffs.

In his three playoff stints with the Suns:

2021, blew a 2-0 lead to the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Finals.

2022, blew a 3-2 lead and lost to the Dallas Mavericks by 30 points on home court.

2023, entered the playoffs undefeated with Kevin Durant, lost by 23 points to the Denver Nuggets in Game 6 at home.

While, of course, these disappointing endings cannot be entirely blamed on Monty, it surely is a justifiable reason for Suns’ owner Mat Ishbia. 

Stay tuned for further updates.

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