Monty Williams Rumors
Jeff Hornacek, New York Knicks: Hornacek never really had a chance in New York — first dealing with Phil Jackson and the triangle offense, and then being inherited by a new regime this season. That said, Hornacek’s time with the Knicks is all but certain to end after next Wednesday’s season finale. Several names have already been linked to the job — including Monty Williams, Mark Jackson and Jason Kidd. In the midst of a full rebuild, team President Steve Mills and General Manager Scott Perry could go in multiple directions with this hire.
Current TV analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Kevin McHale, league sources say, are among the marquee names that can already be found on the Bucks’ list of candidates. The former New Orleans coach Monty Williams and Fizdale have also been mentioned as likely candidates — and word is that even former Louisville coach Rick Pitino could get an exploratory look here.
It’s premature to speculate on where the Knicks might go if they decide to let Jeff Hornacek go after the season. The group of available candidates could include Jason Kidd, David Fizdale, David Blatt, Monty Williams and current ESPN broadcaster and former Warriors coach Mark Jackson, who has strong relationships with several people in the Knicks organization. San Antonio Spurs assistant Ettore Messina will likely draw interest from teams with vacancies as well.
According to industry sources, among the potential coaches Lasry and co-owner Wes Edens could look at to replace Kidd are former Memphis head coach Dave Fizdale; former Knicks and Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy; former New Orleans coach Monty Williams; former Louisville coach Rick Pitino; and current G-League minor-league coach Jerry Stackhouse, who is seen as a future coach in the NBA.
Jake Fischer: As Monty Williams’ name is being linked to the Bucks, I can report people around the league who know him well have long received the sense he’s ready to coach again next season. If it’s not Milwaukee, it will likely be somewhere else.
Sam Amick: On the Bucks coaching front, Monty Williams is a name to remember when it comes to offseason candidates. The former Pels coach has been patiently waiting for his next chance (while working in the Spurs front office).