Sources: Willie Green leaving Warriors to become Suns' lead assistant


OAKLAND – Less than two weeks after losing the NBA Finals, the Warriors are losing a coach.

Willie Green, after three seasons as a player development coach with Golden State, has agreed to accept a position as a lead assistant on the staff of new Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams, according to league sources.

The promotion from second row to main bench comes with a commensurate increase in salary, sources say.

Both smart and affable, Green worked mostly with the team’s younger players and often participated in controlled scrimmages involving players coming back from injury.

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Green, 37, came to the Warriors in 2016 after completing a 12-year career as a guard in the NBA.

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