Maurice Cheeks on verge of becoming Pistons head coach, according to report

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

The former Blazers and 76ers coach has been an assistant for the Thunder since 2009.

Maurice Cheeks could officially become the head coach of the Detroit Pistons by the end of Thursday night, according to Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News.

As of yesterday, the coaching search was narrowed to Cheeks, the former Portland Trail Blazers and Philadelphia 76ers coach, and Nate McMillan, who coached the Blazers and the Seattle SuperSonics.

Since Flip Saunders was fired following the 2007-08 season, the Pistons have employed three head coaches. Lawrence Frank coached the team the past two seasons and had a 54-94 record. He was fired immediately following the season.

In the 2008-09 season, Cheeks was fired from the 76ers 23 games into his fourth year as head coach. He amassed a 122-147 record, qualifying for the playoffs once and losing in the first round. He also coached Portland for three full seasons and was fired during the fourth, coaching the Blazers to a 162-139 record from 2001-05. He made two first-round playoff appearances in Portland.

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