The Phoenix Suns and head coach Monty Williams have reportedly agreed to a long-term contract extension, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Williams still has two years remaining on his original contract and the extension will keep him in the Valley for several seasons, Wojnarowski said.
Taking over as head coach of the Suns prior to the 2019-20 NBA season, Phoenix has seen improvement in every season under the leadership of Williams.
After leading the Suns to an NBA-best 64-18 record last season, Williams was named the NBA’s Coach of the Year. He’s also received the award from the National Basketball Coach’s Association in consecutive seasons.
In the 2020-21 season, Williams led the Suns to the NBA Finals for the first time for the franchise since 1993.
Leading Phoenix for three seasons, the Suns have posted a .656 winning percentage since Williams replaced Igor Kokoskov as head coach.
Williams has also provided Phoenix some stability on the bench, as he’s been the Suns fourth head coach since 2016.
In his first season, the Suns made strides improving to 34 wins from 19 the season prior. Williams was with the Suns in the 2020 NBA Bubble, which would set the tone for the next two seasons.
Now heading into year four, Williams and the Suns will face pressure after an underwhelming playoff performance that saw them getting bounced in the Western Conference semifinals to the Dallas Mavericks.
The Suns will have a similar look next season, with center Deandre Ayton agreeing to a four-year extension, as well as guard Devin Booker inking a long-term extension with Phoenix this summer.