New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - The New Orleans Hornets signed head coach
Monty Williams to a multi-year contract extension on Sunday.
The Times-Picayune reported the sides agreed to a four-year extension.
New Orleans struggled this past season, the second under Williams, after
sending star point guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers, finishing
last in the Western Conference with a 21-45 record.
The Hornets, though, are brimming with optimism. They won the NBA Draft
Lottery and used the No. 1 pick to select 6-foot-10 forward Anthony Davis, the
national player of the year from Kentucky. The Hornets then selected Duke
guard Austin Rivers with the 10th overall pick.
"The Hornets have a promising future and an exciting young nucleus," said
Hornets executive vice president Mickey Loomis. "It is our opinion that Monty
is the perfect coach to develop and lead this group of talent going forward."
In his first season, Williams guided the Hornets to a 46-36 record before
losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games in the opening round of the 2011
"We are proud to announce that Monty Williams will be the head coach of the
New Orleans Hornets for years to come," said Hornets owner Tom Benson. "We
could not be any happier to have someone of Monty's quality - both
professionally and personally - involved in the resurgence of this franchise."
Williams spent five seasons as an assistant with the Portland Trail Blazers
prior to joining the Hornets.
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