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Monty Williams To Accept Job With Spurs

Jul 20, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; USA assistant coach Monty Williams sits next to his son during a practice at Mendenhall Center. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 20, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; USA assistant coach Monty Williams sits next to his son during a practice at Mendenhall Center. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports /
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Monty Williams has a standing job offer from the San Antonio Spurs that he’s likely to accept.

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USA Basketball assistant coach Williams has been told he has a job waiting for him with the

San Antonio Spurs

next season, and he is expected to accept,

according to Marc Stein

. Williams’ wife, Ingrid Williams, passed away in a car accident in February. Shortly after, Williams took a leave of absence from the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Stein stated that league sources told ESPN that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has urged Williams to take as much of a role with the organization as he feels comfortable for the 2016-17 campaign.

The specifics of what role Williams would fill and how much time he could commit have not yet been determined, but sources say San Antonio has opened the door to either a coaching and player-development role or a front-office position, depending on what he prefers.

As he and his family are struggling with the tragic death of his wife, Williams now would be a better time than ever for him to move back to San Antonio. Williams’ in-laws live in San Antonio and have been assisting him with the couple’s five children.

In a SportsCenter interview with Hannah Storm that aired Friday, Williams said he’s “so juiced up and ready to get back into it again.”

“I can’t wait to get back and start coaching. I wouldn’t even think that if I didn’t know, one, my wife would want me to. My kids talk about it all the time. And there have been some things that have happened in my life lately that have allowed me to get that back.”

Williams is no stranger to the Spurs organization. He played for San Antonio during the 1996-98 season before serving as a coaching intern with the team in 2005–winning a title with San Antonio.

Williams previously posted a record of 173-221 in five seasons as head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans. After the Thunder’s seven-game exit to Golden State in the Western Conference finals this postseason, Donovan confirmed that Williams would not be returning to the Thunder bench.

The ball now is in his court. Popovich and the San Antonio organization has always proven their long lasting relationships with previous players is stronger than any other. Williams will be a head coach in the league again, with another stint with the Spurs, it surely will help drive his competitiveness and love for the game.

Welcome home Monty.

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