Former New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams, who has been away from basketball for the last five months after the death of his wife, is expected to return to the NBA next season with the San Antonio Spurs, ESPN.com reported Friday night.
Williams, who was 173-221 in five seasons with the Pelicans, stepped away from the game after Ingrid Williams was killed in an automobile accident Feb. 10. He had been an assistant coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder for the first half of last season.
Williams is currently working as an assistant with the USA men’s basketball Olympic team.
The specific role and time commitment for next season have not yet been established, the report said. It could be a coaching, player development or front office position or a job combining two or more of those elements.
Ingrid Williams’ parents live in San Antonio, which could be a key factor in Monty Williams’ decision.
In an interview with ESPN’s Hannah Storm, Monty Williams said he is not only excited about the current opportunity to work on Mike Krzyzewski’s Olympic staff, but to get back to the NBA.
“I knew I had to take care of my kids and stop coaching, but also knew that I wanted to be a part of USA Basketball, because it’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing,” Williams said.
“I can’t wait to get back and start coaching. I wouldn’t even think that if I didn’t know, one, my wife would want me to. My kids talk about it all the time. And there have been some things that have happened in my life lately that have allowed me to get that back.”