The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Doc Rivers may hire Lawrence Frank as an assistant coach, partially relieving the Nets of their obligations to him, which reportedly include another five years and $5 million in salary, bonuses and a promise of a front office job.
Broderick Turner of the Times reports Tuesday...
The team will also be looking to hire another assistant coach, according to several NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
Lawrence Frank, who was on Rivers’ staff as an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics during the 2010-11 season, is being strongly considered for an assistant’s position with the Clippers, the executives said.
As the dust from the Clippers sale to Steve Ballmer cleared, Rivers was named president of basketball operations Monday, giving him ultimate power and responsibility for the team. Frank worked for Rivers in Boston between being fired by the Nets and being hired by the Pistons, who also dumped him. Jason Kidd hired Frank last summer, then not long after the season began, "reassigned" him to writing daily reports for the team. Two weeks ago, Billy King was asked if Frank would continue in that role next season. King said the Nets were “in the process of evaluating that right now.”
Frank still has five years and $5 million left on a Nets contract that pays him $1 million per season. If Frank joins the Clippers, whatever salary they pay him would be "offset" by what he is still owed by the Nets.
It's highly unlikely that any new position with the Clippers would completely alleviate the Nets financial obligations to Frank, considering his contract was both the most lucrative and longest ever for an NBA assisant coach.
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