Despite taking the Pelicans to the playoffs for the first time in four years, head coach Monty Williams has been fired.
Executive vice president Mickey Loomis released the following statement:
“Making a decision like this is never easy and is never done hastily, especially when you are dealing with a person of Monty Williams’ character. We thanked Monty for the tremendous work and commitment he made to our organization and the development of our young players, specifically Anthony Davis. While we continue to work towards improving our roster, we decided that now was the time to make this decision. We wish nothing but the best for Monty in the future.”
The Pelicans finished with a 45-37 record this season, before being swept out of the playoffs by the Warriors in the first round.
In his five seasons with New Orleans, Williams went 173-221, including two playoff appearances. He had one year left on his contract.