The “Detroit Free Press” is reporting that according to sources close to the team the Detroit Pistons will offer current Boston Celtics assistant coach Lawrence Frank a contract to make him the next head coach of the franchise. The team has been without a bench boss since they fired former head coach John Kuester early last month. The paper says that Frank and former Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Woodson were the final two candidates for the job before deciding to go with the former New Jersey Nets head coach. Frank replaced Byron Scott as coach of New Jersey during the 2003-2004 campaign and fired him after an 0-16 start in 2009.
Frank took the Nets to the Post Season his first four years as head coach, but the team failed to get to the Playoffs during his last two full seasons on the bench. He had a record of 225-241 during his tenure in New Jersey. Detroit has fallen from their perch among the elite clubs in the Association, after winning an NBA Title under Larry Brown and remaining a power in the Eastern Conference under Flip Saunders. The Pistons are expected to make the offer to Frank in the next few days.