The deal is reportedly for five years, according to ESPN, making Williams the seventh Suns coach in the past eight seasons. He is replacing Igor Kokoskov, who was fired after just one season with Phoenix. That season resulted in a 19-63 record.
Prior to assisting Brett Brown on the 76ers staff, Williams was in the San Antonio Spurs' front office, this after his wife, Ingrid, passed away in 2016. Suns general manager James Jones spoke on the new hire, stating "Monty brings a wealth of NBA experience, both as a coach and former player," adding that Williams is "well respected," and calling him the "ideal person to lead our team moving forward."
Williams also spent time as the associate head coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder, and was even the head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans for five seasons. After reaching the playoffs in his first season, they were left out in the next three, before making it his final year with them. He is taking over a Suns team that finished tied for the second-worst record in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers, only above the New York Knicks last season. Since the 2012-2013 season, they are tied with the Orlando Magic for the worst record in that span at 199-375. So, their first step is to find a consistent head coach that can lead a team full of young talent back in to contention in the Western Conference.