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Pistons dismiss head coach Monty Williams

Pistons dismiss head coach Monty Williams

The Detroit Pistons have fired head coach Monty Williams after just one season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

With just a season under Williams, the Pistons will absorb the remaining of his $65 million contract.

According to Wojnarowski, the decision apparently did not come from newly-hired Pistons president of basketball operations Trajan Langdon, but directly from the ownership headed by Tom Gores.

Williams was notably hired by the Pistons just over a year ago from the Phoenix Suns for a record $78 million, making him the highest-paid coach in the league. However, after yet another disappointing season for Detroit, the franchise pulled the trigger and will proceed in a new direction under Langdon.

Langdon and Detroit will now begin a coaching search along with teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers for their head tactician come next season.

The Pistons finished with a league-worst record this season at just 14-68 under Williams. They hold the 5th pick in this year’s draft and have some good young pieces Cade Cunningham, Jalen Duren, and Jaden Ivey to work on long-term.

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