AUBURN HILLS (97.1 The Ticket) – If there’s any truth to reports circulating Friday morning, Maurice Cheeks will be the next head coach of the Detroit Pistons.

The report, which first appeared on Yahoo! Sports, said the Pistons are poised to offer the head coaching job to Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Cheeks over other candidates, such as Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan.

Cheeks, who has a career record of 284-286, has had two previous stints as an NBA head coach, with Portland (2001-05) and Philadelphia (2005-08), and has reached the playoffs three times. He also played in the NBA for 15 years and won the championship in 1983 as a guard for the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Pistons have yet to confirm the report.

Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars announced in April that Lawrence Frank would not return as the team’s head coach.

“We thank Lawrence for his and dedication, but we feel it is in the best interest of the franchise to make a change at this time,” Dumars said at the time. “Decisions like this are never easy and we wish Lawrence well in the future.”

Frank, who was named head coach on August 3, 2011, tallied a regular-season record of 54-94 (.365) in two seasons with the Pistons.


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