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Brooklyn Nets buy out Lawrence Frank's contract

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The Nets and Lawrence Frank have reached an agreement of the former lead assistant's multi-year contract. Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated was first to report the news, tweeting...

Frank will now join Doc Rivers staff in Los Angeles. Earlier Thursday, Dan Woike, who covers the Clippers for the Orange Country Register, had tweeted...

Late Thursday, Andy Miller, Frank's long-time agent, made it official.

Woike and ESPN's Arash Markazi both previously reported that the Clippers would not announce their assistant coaching staff additions until Frank got out of his contract with Brooklyn. Frank was famously "reassigned" to writing daily reports by Jason Kidd early last season following at least one angry outburst between head coach and lead assistant, one famously involving Kidd's use of a 13-letter word. The Nets at that point were struggling mightily.

The re-assignment was an embarrassment by both team ownership and management because of Frank's lucrative contract, then the biggest for an NBA assistant.   An anonymous writer even began posting reports mimicking what Frank was asked to do. They stopped in January.

The Nets chose not to add Frank to Lionel Hollins staff this summer. In recent weeks, his name has fallen on the team's front office directory, from the position right under head coach to one below all of Hollins assistants and the team's strength and conditioning coach. As of Thursday morning, he was still listed there. It's hard to believe anyone wants the situation to continue into another season, particularly with Kidd long gone.

Frank has six-year, $6 million contract signed last summer. It reportedly includes performance bonuses, balloon payments and promise of a front office job in year five.