It's official, the Detroit Pistons have
settled for hired Mo Cheeks to be their next head coach, says ESPN's Marc Stein.
ESPN sources: Mo Cheeks has today agreed to take Detroit Pistons' job. Story posting online at ESPN as we speak— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 10, 2013
The decision ends a coaching search that dragged on nearly eight weeks since Lawrence Frank was given the boot on April 18. Cheeks' isn't the most exciting pick, but with a 284-286 career coaching record, he's relatively safe -- at least on paper. He's spent the last several years as an assistant in Oklahoma City, where he's been credited with helping develop some of team's dynamic guards and is apparently regarded highly by the players:
Congrats to the great Mo Cheeks on getting the head coaching Job in Detroit! He will be missed! He will always be a Thunder— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) June 10, 2013
No surprise on Cheeks' contract length:
Mo Cheeks gets #Pistons job. Source: It's a 3 year contract.Not sure if team option for 4th. I am checking on it. Iguodala could be a target— Matt Dery (@deryNBA) June 10, 2013
Cheeks coached Andre Iguodala for parts of four seasons in Philadelphia, and the notion that he might help recruit Iggy to sign with the Pistons is intriguing. The Pistons are in dire need of a small forward, and Iguodala, who's expected to opt out of his contract this summer, may be too spooked by the recent upheaval in Denver to resign to the Nuggets.
But we're getting ahead of ourselves. First, let's take a moment to digest Cheeks' arrival. What do you think of Detroit's decision?