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May 12, 2015 Updates

“I have the utmost respect for Monty Williams, not only as a coach but as a person,” said Pelicans Owner Tom Benson. “He represented our team, our organization and our city with tremendous class and dignity. Gayle and I grew very fond of Monty and his wife Ingrid and of course their five beautiful children. We wish him nothing but the best moving forward.” The Pelicans finished the 2014-15 season with a record of 45-37 and the eighth position in the Western Conference, earning New Orleans its first postseason berth in four seasons. “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,” said Loomis. “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.” NBA.com

General manager Dell Demps had been wrestling for greater control of the franchise and pushed out Williams. Around Williams’ staff this season, there was a sense of decreasing management support and unnecessary obstacles, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Williams, who had one year left on his contract and a team option for a second, had a scheduled meeting with management Tuesday morning, where there was an expectation that the franchise would pick up the 2016-17 option on his deal, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Instead, New Orleans president Mickey Loomis let Williams go. Yahoo! Sports

May 5, 2015 Updates

Williams has a year remaining on his contract and though management has yet to offer him an extension, Pelicans owner Tom Benson sent a letter of congratulations last week for the team's winning season and playoff appearance. ''He's a great coach, the whole team loves him, the organization loves him,'' Davis said. ''I don't know what's going to happen. That's none of my business.But he's done a lot for this organization since he's been here. He takes so much heat and really doesn't let it bother him. He makes sure that he stays focus on his goal, which is the team.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune

April 29, 2015 Updates

In his season-ending news conference on Tuesday, New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams expressed disapppointment that star forward Anthony Davis was not named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year. San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard won the award last week that was selected by the media. Leonard finished with 333 total votes that included 37 first-place votes. New Orleans Times-Picayune

April 28, 2015 Updates

Still, coach Monty Williams considers Asik highly valued, a player they intend to make a strong push to re-sign this summer despite his inconsistent play throughout the series against the Warriors. ''As far as Omer, he's a huge part of what we do,'' Williams said during his end-of-the season news conference Tuesday. ''If you look at our defensive numbers from last year to this year, we improved in a number of categories and Omer was a huge part of that.'' Asik will become an unrestricted free agent this summer, along with top backup center Alexis Ajinca and seldom-used reserve center Jeff Withey. But Asik, 7-foot, 255 pounds, was one of the highest-paid players on the Pelicans' roster, earning $14.8 million but only $8.3 million counted against of the Pelicans' salary cap because of the trade deal involving the Houston Rockets last summer. New Orleans Times-Picayune

''He was one of the guys that helped us get stops,'' Williams said. ''He was really good at guarding and blocking shots and it makes our defense that much better. Early on, it didn't look like it and I'll be the first to admit that. But it takes time to figure out schemes. The other thing is that we had the toughest schedule in the league up until January I think and I think we were in the top five. But Omer certainly added great value to our team, not just as a defender but his IQ as he got more comfortable with me, we began to talk more I think that's when you started seeing our defense get a lot better. So he's highly valued by this organization and that he's an asset to this city.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune

Pelicans coach Monty Williams says he hopes New Orleans can keep 7-foot center Omer Asik. Williams says Asik, who'll be a free agent after averaging 7.3 points and 9.8 rebounds, played a central role on defense as he became more comfortable in New Orleans' system and is "highly valued" by the club. USA Today Sports

New Orleans Pelicans owner Tom Benson on Tuesday sent a letter of congratulations to coach Monty Williams and his staff and players, along with general manager Dell Demps and his staff for the team's winning season and playoff appearance. The letter reads as follows: "Dear Monty, Dell and all of the Pelicans Coaches and Players: I wanted to thank each and everyone of you for a job well done this past season. We made the playoffs in a very strong finish at the end of the season. That is a tribute to your hard work and determination. You were able to overcome the adversities that face every team, but it was the way you all came together as a team that made us all very proud. New Orleans Times-Picayune

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