Monty Williams looks set to be an NBA coach once again this season after leaving head coach Billy Donovan’s Oklahoma City Thunder staff in February.
Williams left after the tragic death of his wife in a car accident to take care of his five children but recently returned to the sideline working as an assistant to Mike Krzyzewski with the USA basketball team as they prepare to head to the Rio Olympics this coming week.
He and his family received a huge outpouring of support from all of those in the NBA community after the tragedy and it seems Williams will now return to the NBA in some capacity this season.
According to sources at ESPN, he has received a number of offers from franchises to occupy whatever role he would be comfortable with on his return, but he is expected to accept an offer from the San Antonio Spurs to assist Gregg Popovich.
Williams started his coaching career with Popovich as an intern at San Antonio and a short return to the Spurs could hopefully be the springboard to his career re-starting.
He had done an impressive job at the New Orleans Pelicans as their head coach for five years and will hopefully soon be back to being a contender for many of the top head coaching jobs in the NBA when he is ready.
However, for now, the indicator that Williams is happy to coach with Team USA and, if he does so, take an assisting job in the NBA this season is good.
And as Williams himself told SportsCenter this week: “I can’t wait to get back and start coaching. I wouldn't even think that if I didn't know my wife would want me to.”