HoopsHype Monty Williams rumors

July 16, 2013 Updates

Traveling from nearby Los Angeles, where he's doing his ankle rehabilitation work after requiring surgery in May, Gordon said he came to support the team during their 66-62 victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers at UNLV's Cox Pavilion. Gordon said he will likely return to see more games before their summer league schedule ends. ``People forget that Eric is a good guy,'' Pelicans coach Monty Williams said after Monday's game. ``I actually called him out of the blue the other day and he told me he was coming out. Nobody asked him, he just said coach, `I'm coming out and I want to be around the team.' I thought that was phenomenal.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune

July 13, 2013 Updates

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that they have acquired 2013 All Star Point Guard Jrue Holiday and Pierre Jackson, the 42nd overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, in exchange for the Pelicans first pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, with whom they selected Kentucky F Nerlens Noel, as well as the Pelicans top five lottery protected first round selection in next year’s draft. “Jrue is the ideal fit for our team having already established himself as an All-Star guard at the age of 23,” said General Manager Dell Demps. “His leadership abilities also fit the culture we are developing for our franchise and he will be an integral addition to the Pelicans family for many years to come.” “We are very pleased with the opportunity to add a high character player with talent and experience to our roster like Jrue,” said Head Coach Monty Williams. “We believe he will be an integral part of our program and help us continue in the positive direction we are headed as a team.” NBA.com

July 11, 2013 Updates
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“I want to thank Mr. Colangelo for his confidence in me and I am truly honored and looking forward to working on Coach K’s staff,” said Williams. “For me to be involved as an assistant coach for USA Basketball where I can represent my country is a privilege and the ultimate honor. I was fortunate back in the early 90’s to be on the USA 22-and-under roster where we won the gold medal in Spain. and I felt a tremendous amount of pride. With this honor, I feel the same sense of pride again for my country, but I also want to make the Benson’s, Pelican organization, New Orleans community and my family proud.” USA Basketball

A person with knowledge of the details says Tom Thibodeau and Monty Williams will join the returning Jim Boeheim as assistant coaches for the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team. Thibodeau and Williams will work the next three years under coach Mike Krzyzewski. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the hirings were to be announced later Monday. Oregonian

June 6, 2013 Updates

Three months after fracturing his right hand that abruptly ended his season, New Orleans Pelicans guard Austin Rivers is back doing basketball work. Pelicans Coach Monty Williams said Thursday that Rivers’ cast has been removed and though he’s working, he’s being monitored. ``He looks really good,’’ Williams said. New Orleans Times-Picayune

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Gentry has emerged as a candidate to replace Vinny Del Negro, whose contract was not renewed by the Clippers last week. Former Nets, Hornets and Cavs coach Byron Scott also is considered a top candidate for the Clippers, in part due to his strong relationship with Chris Paul. Ditto for Warriors assistant Michael Malone, who was with Paul as an assistant in New Orleans under Monty Williams. Before fully opening their search, however, the Clippers are said to be "going for big names first," according to a person with knowledge of their plan. Those include Jeff and Stan Van Gundy, Pacers assistant Brian Shaw and Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins, the person said. CBSSports.com

May 25, 2013 Updates

It's no wonder then that Malone's name has floated to the top of the early lists of candidates for the Clippers job, now that Vinny Del Negro has officially been let go. The lead assistant for the Golden State Warriors has always been regarded as a shrewd tactician, but the extra warm fuzzy feelings from Paul don't hurt his case. Williams, for one, thinks his time is overdue. "You don't know what it takes to get a job. It's not just about basketball all the time. But I just hope, I hope that he gets a job soon," Williams told ESPNLosAngeles.com. "I know he really wants to do it, and I know he'll be a really good head coach. The tough part is knowing I gotta coach against him because I know he really knows his stuff." ESPN.com

It should be noted that Malone also has a reputation for standing up a bit too forcefully at times. Williams said he appreciated that fire, though. "I've really grown from the coaches around me who aren't afraid to voice their opinions," Williams said. "Mike was smart enough, he knew the game well enough to give me something that was going to help the team that didn't have anything to do with him. "I can only base it on my experience with him. I was the head coach and I know that he made me a better head coach. He's certainly a guy that can run a team." ESPN.com

May 21, 2013 Updates

Coaching sources have maintained for weeks that Golden State assistant Michael Malone will be high on the Clippers' list since he and Paul have a good relationship from their days together in New Orleans, where Malone was an assistant under Monty Williams. Paul holds Malone in very high regard, as does James, his friend and agency-mate at CAA. Speaking of Williams, word is that Paul would love to join forces with him in L.A., but Williams is under contract and the chances of him being made available to discuss a lateral move are remote. CBSSports.com

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Monty Williams said he will continue working to become a better coach, saying he plans to speak with coaches from other sports, including some NFL coaches. “During the season, I talk to a number of coaches, whether it be (Gregg Popovich), Coach (Larry) Brown or Nate (McMillan),’’ Williams said. "This summer I’m going to do some different things, maybe talk to some guys in different sports. Last year I got the chance to sit down and listen to (Tony) LaRussa and it was eye-opening some of the things he said that I was able to use this year. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Regardless of what decision the Pelicans make about Gordon’s future, Loomis said the franchise is in good hands with Williams and Demps. Loomis gave them both extensions before the regular season began. "I think, most importantly, we absolutely have the right coach in Monty Williams,’’ Loomis said. "He’s everything that we’re looking for to lead our basketball team. "We absolutely have the right general manager in Dell Demps. He and his staff made a number of significant moves in this last offseason, and we’re looking forward to having a great offseason plan from him and his staff and from Monty as well.’’ New Orleans Times-Picayune

April 18, 2013 Updates

With their payroll expected to decrease to just under $35 million, not including NBA draft signees, Monty Williams said they will pursue trying to sign some veteran free agents. ``We’re looking at that,’’ Williams said. ``We don’t want to bring in veterans for veterans' sake. We want to bring in the right guys that’s maybe familiar with our system or guys that I may have a relationship with that may want to do it. New Orleans Times-Picayune

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