Williams, 44, started his coaching career by interning with the Spurs over a decade ago before landing an assistant coach job with the Trail Blazers under Nate McMillan. After that experience he became head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans, a position he held for five years before being fired after the 2014/15 season. He became Associate Head Coach of the Thunder in Billy Donovan's staff in 2015/16 but a personal tragedy prevented him from finishing the season with the team.
In February his wife Ingrid passed away after being involved in a collision in which the other car crossed over to the wrong side of the street. Williams took a leave of absence to take care of his children after that and didn't return to the Thunder's bench. He recently went back to coaching as part of USA Basketball's staff under Mike Krzyzewski. After the Olympics, he will return to San Antonio to join the Spurs in a role that is still to be determined.
Williams will be allowed to choose the position he wants to fill, according to Stein. He might join the coaching staff in a player development capacity or become a part of the front office. How much time he commits to his new job will also be his decision. The Spur clearly want to help a bright basketball mind and a part of the organization as both coach and player get back to work at his own pace.
"I can't wait to get back and start coaching," Williams told ESPN's Hannah Storm. "I wouldn't even think that if I didn't know, one, my wife would want me to. My kids talk about it all the time. And there have been some things that have happened in my life lately that have allowed me to get that back."
Hopefully Williams will be able to get back to what he loves to do and help the Spurs from whichever position he decides to fill.
Welcome back, Monty.