Johnson, an ESPN NBA analyst, confirmed in a SportsCenter interview Tuesday afternoon that he and the Pistons have broken off contract talks after more than two days of negotiations.
Sources close to the process told ESPN.com that the job would instead go to Kuester in a deal likely to be completed later Tuesday or Wednesday.
Some quick fun facts about John Kuester: He played four seasons at North Carolina under Dean Smith and was drafted by the Kansas City Kings in the 1977 NBA Draft. He only played three seasons in the NBA and played for the Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers, as well.
More to follow as it becomes available.