The San Antonio Spurs announced additions and changes to their basketball operations staff on Friday morning. The biggest news among the many moves is that Monty Williams is returning to the organization as the team’s vice president of basketball operations.
Williams began his post-playing career with the Spurs as a coaching intern during the 2004-05 season. Since then, he has gone on to coach the New Orleans Pelicans, and most recently, he served as assistant coach for both the Oklahoma City Thunder and Team USA. He left the Thunder last season after the tragic death of his wife in a car accident, but helped Team USA to gold this summer. His position with the Spurs will be his first front-office job.
Early in his playing career, Williams spent over two seasons with the Spurs. In 154 games for the team, he averaged 7.1 points per game. The best season of his career, by PER, came with the Spurs in the 1996-97 season. He started 26 games for the team that season and averaged nine points and 3.2 rebounds per game while shooting over 50 percent from the field.
Of course, that season the Spurs finished with a 20-62 record after suffering injuries to David Robinson and Sean Elliot. The poor performance netted them the first overall pick in the 1997 draft, which they used to select Tim Duncan.
The other big addition to the organization is Brian Wright’s arrival as assistant general manager. Wright was the assistant general manager for the Detroit Pistons each of the last two seasons, during which the team was active in both trades and free agency, notably trading for Reggie Jackson and Tobias Harris in successive seasons.
The full list of personnel moves can be found on the Spurs’ team website.