SB Nation's Matt Ellentuck and High Post Hoops' Howard Megdal reported Williams got into an argument with team president and chief executive officer Greg Bibb after Sunday's 93-80 defeat to the Washington Mystics.
Bibb provided a statement about the move in the Wings' press release:
"I felt this move was necessary. The season has not met our expectations. I have asked [assistant coach Taj McWilliams-Franklin] to serve as our interim head coach and I have the upmost confidence that she and our staff will do everything possible to put us in the best position to win. I wish Fred the best moving forward. Our focus remains on qualifying for the playoffs and ultimately competing for a WNBA championship."
Even before the incident with Bibb, Williams was likely on shaky ground.
The Wings have now lost eight games in a row, which has caused them to slip to eighth in the WNBA. Their seemingly comfortable gap on the ninth-place Las Vegas Aces for the final playoff spot has almost evaporated, as only one game separates the two teams.
Liz Cambage's recent absence hasn't helped matters for the Wings. Cambage is an MVP candidate averaging 23.0 points and 9.6 rebounds, but she didn't play in the team's last two games due to a head injury. According to Basketball Reference, Cambage's 30.0 percent usage rate leads all WNBA regulars, so her absence has caused the Wings to scramble on the fly.
Last year, Dallas finished seventh in the WNBA. Not only did the Wings get Cambage back from her WNBA hiatus in the offseason, but they also selected Connecticut star Azura Stevens in the first round of the 2018 draft. They should've been challenging for a top-four spot, not fighting for their playoff lives.
Dallas has only three games left in the regular season, so firing Williams now may not make much of a difference. At least the Wings now have a bit more time to consider all of their options for Williams' permanent replacement.