Williams not yet offered New Orleans job, source says

A league source said Thursday morning that New Orleans has not officially offered its vacant head-coaching position to Portland assistant coach Monty Williams.

Williams has been on New Orleans’ radar for at least two years, initiating with his work as Portland’s head coach during the team’s recent Summer League camps.

Williams recently completed his fifth season with the Trail Blazers. He, head coach Nate McMillan and lead assistant Dean Demoploulos have guided Portland from a franchise-worst 21-61 record in 2005-06 to back-to-back 50-win seasons and playoff berths.

Boston assistant coach Tom Thibodeau is the lead candidate for the Hornets job. However, Thibodeau reportedly turned down the offer Wednesday.

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