The Philadelphia 76ers won big on Thursday night over the Toronto Raptors for Game 3, but they woke up and took a bit of a loss. After a couple of meetings, and much speculation it turns out that the Sixers are getting prepared to lose their Assistant Coach Monty Williams to the Phoenix Suns, officially.

Last month, the speculation had begun as Williams had a meeting set with the Suns. They kept their options open and even considered other candidates for the job, but from the beginning, it seemed like it was the Sixers' assistant's to lose. Earlier in the week, the Suns were prepared to meet with Williams once again, and this time, they were prepared to make an offer that he likely wouldn't pass up.

As expected, the Sixers will be without Williams for the 2020 season and beyond. According to Shams Charania, Williams will ink a five-year deal with Phoenix officially making him the head coach of the Suns. While it was to be expected for Philadelphia, they will have to head into the offseason on the hunt for a replacement.

We congratulate Monty Williams, who will join the Phoenix Suns as head coach following the 2019 Playoffs. Monty’s ability to connect with players and develop youth, combined with his human qualities and integrity, make this appointment a natural fit.
The Phoenix Suns will be getting a committed basketball coach, who will be persistent, instilling a culture that has championship habits. He and his family will be missed, and we are all very appreciative of the time that he spent with us. I have known Monty for over 15 years, and I am extremely confident that we all will watch the Phoenix Suns' program grow during his tenure.

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