NBA notebook: Suns hire 76ers aide Williams as coach

NBA notebook: Suns hire 76ers aide Williams as coach
By Reuters

04/05/2019 at 05:00Updated 04/05/2019 at 05:03

The Phoenix Suns hired Monty Williams as their new head coach on Friday.

Williams, currently an assistant with the Philadelphia 76ers, replaces the
fired Igor Kokoskov and becomes the Suns' seventh head coach in eight years
for owner Robert Sarver.

Williams will join the Suns after the 76ers' current postseason run concludes.
They lead the Toronto Raptors 2-1 in the second round.

He had also been a candidate for the Los Angeles Lakers' head coach opening.

"I am thrilled to welcome Monty Williams to the Suns family as our next head
coach," general manager James Jones said in a statement. "Monty brings a
wealth of NBA experience, both as a coach and former player, in addition to
being a high-character individual who will infuse basketball wisdom and life
lessons into our locker room. Monty is well respected for his coaching
pedigree, leadership and commitment to the community, all of which make him
the ideal person to lead our team moving forward."

--Point guard Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers was fined $20,000 and
assessed a flagrant 1 foul after elbowing Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry in
the groin during the first half of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals
on Thursday night.

The incident occurred with 8:36 remaining in the first half. Lowry fell down
along the baseline after boxing out Simmons, who threw an elbow that struck
the Raptors guard down low, and he stayed on the floor appearing to be in

Simmons headed back down the floor, and was not issued a foul on the play. He
collected 10 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in 36 minutes as the
76ers cruised past the Raptors 116-95 to take a 2-1 series lead. Simmons is
averaging 14.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game this postseason.

--The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to offer their vacant head coaching
position to Tyronn Lue, ESPN reported.

Not long after the Phoenix Suns announced they had hired Monty Williams as
their new head coach, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported via Twitter that "the
Lakers are proceeding toward an offer to Ty Lue in the coming days." Williams
was a candidate for the Lakers' job.

Lue coached Lakers forward LeBron James at Cleveland, with the Cavaliers
winning the title in the 2015-16 season when Lue took over for David Blatt
midway through the schedule. The Cavaliers were defeated in the NBA Finals
each of the next two seasons by the Golden State Warriors with Lue as head

--The Chicago Bulls extended the contract of head coach Jim Boylen.

The Bulls did not release terms but ESPN reported that Boylen was given a
multi-year extension. He guided the Bulls to a 17-41 record after replacing
the fired Fred Hoiberg as coach in December. Chicago was 22-60 overall.

"Jim has a strong vision on where he wants to take this team, and he has done
a great job establishing the culture that we want this organization to stand
for as we continue to progress," vice president of basketball operations John
Paxson said in a statement. "He has tremendous passion for developing young
talent, is a strong communicator and a good fit for this team. The
organization is confident in the direction that he is taking our players, and
we are committed to him."

--Field Level Media