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Suns offer Willie Green lead assistant role under Monty Williams

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The Phoenix Suns have offered Golden State Warriors assistant Willie Green a lead role under newly-appointed head coach Monty Williams, according to reports from Anthony Slater and Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Green, now 37 years if age, has quite a bit of experience in the NBA. The Detroit native was selected 41st overall by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 2003 NBA Draft. He suited up for several teams throughout his playing days, including the Sixers, Hornets, Hawks, Clippers and Magic.

Though he has extensive knowledge on the court, Green is relatively new to calling plays from the sidelines. His first coaching gig came in August of 2016, when he was hired by the Warriors as an assistant coach. He went on to win his first championship in 2017, when Golden State defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games. He claimed a second consecutive title with the Warriors in 2018.

Green has also served as Golden State’s summer league play-caller. All in all, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has been impressed:

“Willie’s going to be a star,” Kerr said shortly after Green was hired as an assistant with Golden State. “I think he’s a future head coach. He just has such a great way about him. And he’s got the combination of confidence having played in the league almost 12, 13 years, but the humility of being a role player and having bounced around a little bit and understanding how the league works.”

The Suns announced that they have come to terms with Williams on May 6th. He will be the team’s fifth head coach in five seasons. Williams had previously been serving as an assistant with the Sixers.