The San Antonio Spurs hired former New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams as vice president of basketball operations on Friday.
Williams, who played two-plus seasons for the Spurs during a nine-year playing career, rejoins the franchise after experiencing a family tragedy last season when he was an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Williams' wife, Ingrid, died at the age of 44 in February when her car was struck by a vehicle that crossed the center line. Ingrid Williams was the mother of five children.
Monty Williams took an indefinite leave and it was announced following the season that he would not remain with the Thunder.
Susannah Donaldson, 55, the driver of the other car, also died in the accident.
Monty Williams joined the Thunder coaching staff before the 2015-16 season after serving as Pelicans head coach from 2010-15 before he was fired. Williams played in the NBA for five teams from 1994-2003.
San Antonio also named Brian Wright as assistant general manager. Wright spent the past two seasons in the same role for the Detroit Pistons.