Pelicans fire head coach Monty Williams
NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Pelicans announced Tuesday they were letting go of head coach Monty Williams after five seasons.
Williams was made head coach of the Pelicans in June 2010 and had one year left in his current contract. He had a five-season overall record of 172-221 with two playoff appearances for the team.
"Making a decision like this is never easy and is never done hastily," said Pelicans Executive VP Mickey 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."
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. They were swept in four games by the Golden State Warriors.
The Pelicans planned a 3 p.m. press conference to address the coaching situation.