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With No. 1 overall selection Anthony Davis and former Duke guard Austin Rivers in the fold and star guard Eric Gordon locked up to a four-year extension, the New Orleans Hornets made it a priority to keep Monty Williams around to coach that young core.

The Hornets stuck to that commitment Saturday by locking Williams up with a four-year extension that will keep him in the Crescent City through the 2016 season, according to John Reid of theTimes-Picayune. He had one year left on his current contract.

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No bigger Monty Williams fan than me. I thought he had a great future with the Knicks after being drafted out of Notre Dame, but he was a HUGE part of the Knicks rebuilding during the mid 90s as he was the key piece in a deal with San Antonio that allowed Charles Smith and his contract to be moved. This allowed for the Knicks to bring back expiring contracts in J.R. Reid and Brad Lohaus. The cap space allowed for the Knicks to sign both Allan Houston and Chris Childs while keeping the core in tact to be ultra competitive in the Eastern Conference. In my opinion, Williams is one of the smartest minds the game has seen in quite some time.  

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