Pistons introduce new head coach Maurice Cheeks

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The Pistons have a new head coach.

The Pistons officially introduced Maurice Cheeks Thursday morning. He agreed to become the new bench boss in Auburn Hills. The 56-year old has previously coached the Portland Trailblazers and Philadelphia 76ers.

He compiled a 284-286 record in six seasons as a head coach.

Cheeks spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder, who reached the NBA Finals last year.

The Pistons job became vacant after Joe Dumars fired Lawrence Frank after the season. Frank was named head coach in 2011 and led the team to a cumulative record of 54-94 in two seasons at the helm.

Since Larry Brown left Detroit a year after winning the 2004 NBA Championship, the Pistons have hired four head coaches in nine years. Cheeks will be the fifth coach behind the Pistons bench since 2005.

Thunder superstar Kevin Durant tweeted the following message moments after the news broke:

"Congrats to the great Mo Cheeks on getting the head coaching Job in Detroit! He will be missed! He will always be a Thunder."

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