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Hornets offer coaching job to Blazers' Williams

Posted on: June 4, 2010 10:26 pm
Edited on: June 5, 2010 2:18 pm

LOS ANGELES -- The New Orleans Hornets have offered their head coaching position to Portland assistant Monty Williams, a person with knowledge of the situation told

The offer came Friday afternoon after talks broke down with Boston assistant Tom Thibodeau, whose indecision as he helps coach the Celtics in the NBA Finals bumped Williams from No. 2 on the Hornets' list to No. 1. Thibodeau also interviewed with Bulls officials in Los Angeles before the Finals began, signaling his desire to pursue jobs other than the one vacated in New Orleans when interim coach Jeff Bower returned to his full-time GM duties after the season.

Bower and Williams' agent, Steve Kauffman, are said to be in the preliminary stages of negotiations, with financial terms and certain key contractual details yet to be broached. But close friends of Williams, 38, who played for five teams during a nine-year NBA playing career and became Nate McMillan's most trusted assistant in Portland, say he is excited about the opportunity. No serious hangups are expected in the negotiations.

Thibodeau, who has a full plate with the Celtics down 1-0 in the Finals with Game 2 on Sunday, has now emerged as the leading candidate for the Bulls' job. After Thibodeau allowed a Thursday deadline to accept the Hornets' offer lapse -- a deadline that Bower has told friends he did not impose -- the Hornets conducted a lenghty second interview by phone on Thursday with Williams. The Blazers assistant performed well in the interview process, impressing Hornets officials with his preparation and enthusiasm for the job.


Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: June 6, 2010 12:25 am

Hornets offer coaching job to Blazers' Williams

The Hornets should really consider trading Collision. At this point in his career, his value may have reached his ceiling. I am sure a 1st round pick plus a player or two is an obtainable goal. I would love to see him go to my Hawks, especially if JJ leaves. Play him with Crawford, Smith, Horford, and a primo free agent per say, Bosh, or someone similar. An interesting thought. Just dreaming I guess. With the season over and the playoffs almost done, free agency, the draft, and trades are the interesting thoughts for now until next year.

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: June 5, 2010 12:59 am

Hornets offer coaching job to Blazers' Williams

Check out my thread on the NBA boards for more info posted on Monty Williams.  I truly believe the Hornets got the right guy.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: June 5, 2010 12:36 am

Hornets offer coaching job to Blazers' Williams

As well as Thornton, who pretty much averaged just about 20 points since Scott was gone. (Or since he got minutes) Whether it was off the bench or starting he just scored. And Collison, no one thought without Paul we would even be in the playoff talks and he kept us afloat.  Our bench is deeper then ever, if we can get a good coach and 1 more piece... I can't want until Pejas contract is up....

Since: Jun 24, 2007
Posted on: June 4, 2010 11:27 pm

Hornets offer coaching job to Blazers' Williams

I hope he is more patient working with young players than was Byron Scott.  This could be great news for guys like Julian Wright.

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