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Despite being set for an interview with finalists Kevin Ollie and Charles Lee, the Detroit Pistons are still clinging on their hopes that Monty Williams will reconsider his availability for their coaching search, per Marc Stein.

It was Stein who reported from the start that Williams and the Pistons weren’t able to close out a deal as the head coach didn’t bite the franchise’s “top-level” offer.

Williams notably helped the Phoenix Suns in changing the culture of their team. He tallied a 194-115 record in the last four seasons being their head coach, while leading them to three playoff appearances and a trip to the NBA Finals last 2020-21.

With what Williams has demonstrated to the Suns, the Pistons’ desire to still tap him can’t be questioned. After another season of rebuilding with a lowly 17-65 record, they are looking to elevate themselves and attempt to contend with Cade Cunningham set to return from a year-long shin surgery recovery.

It is yet to be seen if Williams will ultimately make himself active for coaching candidacies, as there were talks that he might take a year off to spend more time with his family.