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Coach Frank: Pistons' Vernon Macklin "will get an opportunity."

David Mayo of is reporting some good news out of Charlotte today, prior to the Pistons' match up against the Bobcats: Vernon Macklin appears to be in Coach Frank's plans to close out the season.

Frank didn't say much, but he said enough to make me happy.

Vernon will get an opportunity, regardless [of being mathematically eliminated from the playoffs]. Regardless of what, we were going to do that anyway. So we have a plan of how we're going to incorporate him.

As has been noted here previously, Macklin has made the most of his limited opportunities, and has performed admirably in the D League, spearheaded by a stat-stuffing debut.

Up to this point, it's been impossible to know if his promising production in limited minutes was anything other than fluky randomness of a very small sample size. It looks like we'll get a chance to find out over the next couple weeks.

Kudos, Larry. This is a good thing for everyone.