Monty Williams CHICAGO, IL – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Monty Williams of the New Orleans Pelicans watches as his team takes on the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on December 2, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Pelicans defeated the Bulls 131-128 in triple overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Detroit Pistons have found their new head coach, offering Monty Williams a record-setting contract that left the NBA world buzzing Wednesday night.

The Athletic‘s Shams Charania reported that the Pistons have reached an agreement with the former Phoenix Suns coach. Reported terms of the deal surprised many observers, at six years for $72 million.

And the deal could reach eight years and $100 million depending on incentives and team options.

To put that in perspective, the San Antonio Spurs legendary Gregg Popovich earned the highest salary among head coaches last season, at $11.5 million. Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, a four-time NBA champion, was second at $9.5 million.

That’s a hefty payday for an NBA coach with a .522 winning percentage (367-336) in nine NBA seasons. The 51-year-old Williams had a great run in four years with the Phoenix Suns, leading the team to the 2021 NBA Finals and winning NBA Coach of the Year honors the following season.

But Phoenix fell flat in the playoffs the past two seasons — the Suns trailed by 30 points at halftime of elimination games at home both seasons — and the team fired Williams on May 13.

NBA fans generally agreed the Pistons are getting a good leader in Williams, although the huge contract came as a shock to many people.

[Shams Charania, The Athletic]

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