The Detroit Pistons have named Maurice Cheeks as their next head coach, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.
Cheeks has spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Pistons released a statement yesterday exclaiming their excitement to have Cheeks take over the team following the dismissal of Lawrence Frank.
"After spending some time with Maurice, I was very impressed not only with his basketball knowledge but his communication and leadership skills," Pistons owner Tom Gores said in a statement. "We are very excited to have someone of his experience and talent help take this franchise into the future."
Over six full seasons as a head coach, Cheeks has posted a career win-loss record of 284-286 with the Philadelphia 76ers and Portland Trailblazers. He’s made three playoff appearances, but his teams were bounced from the postseason in the first round each time.
Beyond Cheeks, the Pistons interviewed Nate McMillan, Larry Drew, Lindsey Hunter, Mike Budenholzer and Darrell Walker for the position.