February 24, 2012; Orlando FL, USA; Team Chuck coach Maurice Cheeks talks to an official during the second half of the BBVA rising stars challenge at the Amway Center in Orlando. Team Chuck defeated Team Shaq 146-133. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

OKC Thunder assistant Maurice Cheeks to become Detroit Pistons head coach

We had been hearing for a few weeks now that Maurice Cheeks was a strong candidate to become the new head coach of the Detroit Pistons and today it looks to becoming official.

Cheeks was the head coach for the Portland Trail Blazers from 2001-2005 and then the Philadelphia 76ers head coach from 2005-2009. He has been an assistant coach for the Thunder ever since then.

He made the playoffs twice with the Blazers and once with the 76ers and never made it out of the first round. He won 50 games once in Portland in the 2002-03 season.

The Thunder have obviously been one of the best teams in the league the past few seasons and Cheeks has had some part in that.

Cheeks, a former point guard and member of the 1982-83 NBA champion 76ers, should be a good mentor in Detroit for their young up-and-coming point guard Brandon Knight. The Pistons actually have a somewhat attractive set of youngsters with Knight and big men Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond.

We haven’t heard anything yet about the Thunder looking for a replacement for Cheeks on the bench. I’m sure we will find out more in the coming days and weeks about that.

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