Lawrence Frank is Detroit's choice to be its next head coach, and formal offer imminent within next 24-36 hours, league sources tell Y!
Frank was as an assistant coach for the Boston Celtics this past season, and served as the head coach for the New Jersey Nets for seven seasons from the 2003-04 season to 2009-10, compiling a record of 225-241. If Frank is hired by the Pistons, Mike Woodson - former head coach of the Atlanta Hawks - could be his replacement.
If Mike Woodson doesn't get the Minnesota job, look for his name to pop up as a candidate for Boston's bench. Another defense first guy. Woodson has also proven to be very good at developing young players, something Boston is going to have to do over the next few years. (via Twitter account of SI's Chris Mannix)
Woodson was the head coach of the Hawks from the 2004-05 season through the 2009-10 campaign and has a lifetime coaching record of 206-286. Woodson led the Hawks to three straight playoff appearances from the 2007 season through 2010.
Reaction: Lawrence Frank is underestimated as a coach in this league. He did a solid job at the helm of the Nets after taking over for Byron Scott, and was simply a victim of a declining Nets roster that fell into the basement of the Eastern Conference over several years, resulting in his termination.
As an assistant for the Celtics, Frank also did a decent job and was at one point seen as a replacement-in-waiting for Celtics head coach Doc Rivers if he decided to retire. Frank will be missed, and Woodson appears to be in the mix to replace him.
Like Frank, Woodson had a losing record as a head coach, but SI's Chris Mannix points out that he is a defensive-minded coach, something that the Celtics evidently look for in their assistants (see Tom Thibodeau). Woodson is also apparently skilled in player development, and the C's will need lots of that once the Big Three era ends.