Report: Thunder assistant Mo Cheeks front-runner for Pistons job

By Royce Young | NBA writer

The Pistons could finally be closing in on a new coach.

According to Yahoo Sports, Oklahoma City Thunder assistant Maurice Cheeks has emerged as the primary target for the Pistons. According to the report, negotiations on a contract could begin soon, as Detroit's ownership and management has reached a "consensus" on Cheeks as their candidate.

Cheeks would be replacing Lawrence Frank, who was let go in April after two seasons with the team.

Along with Cheeks, other names mentioned for the Pistons job include Nate McMillan and Brian Shaw. Cheeks has reportedly interviewed with the Pistons three times.

Cheeks has been with the Thunder for four seasons and is credited largely for the development of Russell Westbrook, along with Eric Maynor and Reggie Jackson. One of the greatest point guards ever, Cheeks' role in OKC has been to mentor and work with the Thunder's young guards. The Pistons could be intrigued with the idea of Cheeks doing the same with Brandon Knight.

Before joining Scott Brooks' staff as his top assistant, Cheeks served as head coach of the Trail Blazers (2001-05) and 76ers (2005-08).

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