Via Yahoo Sports
While the intrigue for big names and the emergence of new upstarts are the main storyline for the coaching carousel, the Detroit Pistons have quietly pursued their own quest. They are homing in on a target, Maurice Cheeks, who is neither a big name or an upstart. A former NBA head coach who is currently an assistant with the Thunder, he is at the top of the list to coach the Motown five.
per Yahoo Sports:
Oklahoma City Thunder assistant Mo Cheeks has emerged as the strong frontrunner to become theDetroit Pistons’ head coach, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Discussions on a contract could begin soon, league sources said.
Maurice Cheeks, right, has been a part of Scott Brooks’ Oklahoma City staff for four seasons. (Getty Images)Detroit’s ownership and management reached a consensus on Cheeks as their choice, league sources said.
Cheeks was a finalist for the job along with another ex-Portland Trail Blazers coach, Nate McMillan.
Detroit let go of Lawrence Frank after two seasons as head coach in April.
Cheeks, who has been on staff with the Thunder for four seasons, has had two previous stints as an NBA head coach with Portland (2001-05) and Philadelphia (2005-08). He reached the playoffs twice in Portland (’02 and ’03) and once in Philadelphia (’08). His career record is 284-286.