Pistons sack head coach Williams after woeful NBA season

Monty Williams is out as head coach of the NBA's <a class="link " href="" data-i13n="sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link" data-ylk="slk:Detroit Pistons;sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link;itc:0">Detroit Pistons</a> (Tim Nwachukwu)
Monty Williams is out as head coach of the NBA's Detroit Pistons (Tim Nwachukwu)

The Detroit Pistons fired head coach Monty Williams on Wednesday after a losing NBA season that featured a 28-game losing streak and just 14 victories.

"Decisions like these are difficult to make, and I want to thank Monty for his hard work and dedication," Pistons owner Tom Gores said in a statement.

"Coaching has many dynamic challenges that emerge during a season and Monty always handled those with grace. However, after reviewing our performance carefully and assessing our current position as an organization, we will chart a new course moving forward."

The Pistons' 28-game mid-season skid was the longest single-season losing streak in NBA history.

They finished in last place in the Eastern Conference with a league-worst 14-68 record.

Williams, a former coach of the New Orleans Pelicans and Phoenix Suns, departs a year after inking a six-year contract worth a reported $78.5 million -- the largest coaching deal in NBA history.

ESPN reported the Pistons would "absorb" the $65 million remaining on his contract.

Gores had brought Williams, the 2022 NBA Coach of the Year in Phoenix, to Detroit hoping he could revive a young roster sparked by Croatian forward Bojan Bogdanovic.

But in his first term the Pistons were even worse than their 17-65 record in 2022-23, after which Dwane Casey stepped down as coach.

"We are unwavering in our commitment to bring a championship-caliber team to Detroit," Gores said, promising the team would be "diligent and swift" in their search for a new coach.

The Pistons have the fifth overall pick in next week's NBA draft.