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Suns extend coach Monty Williams' contract

Williams went 34-39 in his first season with the Suns.

Phoenix Suns reached an official agreement to extend the contract of Monty Williams, the NBA Coach of the Year last season, who led the team to a record 64 wins in the regular season.

Phoenix announced the extension on Wednesday, but without elaborating on the contract.

Williams, 50, led a swift transformation in three seasons with the Suns. In 2021, he led them to the NBA Finals, where they lost in six games to the Milwaukee Bucks.

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It was the franchise's first Finals since 1993. In the just-concluded season they finished as líderis from the Western Conference, but lost in the second round to the Dallas Mavericks.

Grateful for another season with the Suns

"I am grateful to extend my commitment to the team and to all the people who make this place special," Williams said in a statement. “Our players put in the work every day and this allows us to be successful. I am excited to continue this journey with them.”

Williams finished his first season with the Suns 34-39, but the team picked up momentum late, winning the final eight regular-season games in the NBA bubble in Florida due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Suns added star point guard Chris Paul and lined him up alongside young scorer Devin Booker. Quickly, Williams built a high-energy, high-scoring team that is among the best in the league. Since reaching the bubble in Florida, the Suns are 123-39 in the regular season.

AP

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