The Phoenix Suns parted ways tonight with coach Monty Williams, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
The move comes after another disappointing playoff exit for the Suns, this time at the hands of the Denver Nuggets in the second round of the NBA playoffs.
The Suns had started off down 2-0 in the series, but had fought back and won Game 3 and Game 4 on their home court, thus getting back in the running in the series. But the Suns lost Game 5 and with a chance to force a Game 7, they came out with a lackluster effort in Game 6, such that they were swept at home for the second consecutive season in a must-win game.
Breaking: The Phoenix Suns are parting ways with head coach Monty Williams, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. pic.twitter.com/DiqqOPdMak
– Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 14, 2023
Major changes began Saturday when several members of the Suns’ front office and scouting staff were fired. The Suns have a new owner in Mat Ishbia and it appears that he is determined to mold the team’s leadership to his liking.
We are going to see what they are going to change because there will certainly be a lot of changes, including on the roster, with Chris Paul almost certainly leaving in the summer. By now it is an open secret.