Hornets give coach Monty Williams 4-year extension

Hornets give coach Monty Williams 4-year extension

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DENVER, CO - JANUARY 09: Head coach Monty Williams leads the New Orleans Hornets against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on January 9, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Hornets defeated the Nuggets 94-81. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on August 19, 2012 at 11:52 AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hornets coach Monty Williams says he has agreed to a four-year contract extension that would keep him in New Orleans through 2016.

The deal announced by the club Sunday morning comes as the 40-year-old Williams heads into the final year of the contract he received when he took his first NBA head coaching job in New Orleans in 2010.

The Hornets did not release contract terms, but Williams confirmed the length of the extension in a text message to The Associated Press.

Williams took the Hornets to the playoffs his first season. Last season, the club went 21-45 after trading Chris Paul in a deal that has helped New Orleans to build for the future with 2012 draft picks Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers.

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