Monty Williams

The New Orleans Pelicans have fired head coach Monty Williams after five seasons.

The team went 45-37 this season and earned the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, but were swept by the Golden State Warriors in the first round.

“Making a decision like this is never easy and is never done hastily, especially when you are dealing with a person of Monty Williams’ character. We thanked Monty for the tremendous work and commitment he made to our organization and the development of our young players, specifically Anthony Davis,” Pelicans executive vice president Mickey Loomis said in a statement. “While we continue to work towards improving our roster, we decided that now was the time to make this decision. We wish nothing but the best for Monty in the future.”

When Williams first took over as coach of New Orleans, he made the playoffs with guard Chris Paul. However, following CP3’s departure, he led the franchise through a rebuilding period that included the trade of Paul and a change in ownership.

During his tenure, Williams went 173-221 with two playoff appearances. He had one guaranteed season left on his contract, with a team option for 2016-17.