Wojnarowski: Pistons set to hire Lawrence Frank

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Here’s the report, courtesy of Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski:

Lawrence Frank is Detroit’s choice to be its next head coach, and formal offer imminent within next 24-36 hours, league sources tell Y!

Frank is currently the lead assistant for the Boston Celtics, and his most recent head coaching gig was with the New Jersey Nets. Frank coached the Nets for seven seasons, and made the playoffs in his first four years with the team. Frank missed the playoffs in his final two full seasons with the team, and was fired after losing the first 16 games of the 2009-10 season. Before you blame Frank for those last few seasons, look at how then-owner Bruce Ratner started to order a gutting of the talent on the roster — this was not all Frank. He wasn’t perfect, but he was also a bit of a scapegoat.

Reportedly, Pistons GM Joe Dumars preferred former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Woodson to take over the young Pistons, but Frank impressed team owner Tom Gores in his interview. Frank will replace Jon Kuester, who was an unmitigated disaster as a head coach and was recently hired as an assistant by the Lakers under new coach Mike Brown.

Woodson has interviewed for the Minnesota Timberwolves job, and he has been rumored to be a possible replacement for Frank as the lead assistant to Doc Rivers in Boston.