Lawrence Frank gives Tom Gores ultimatum: Fire me or guarantee final year of my contract

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Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

With his brief tenure rapidly reaching a crossroads, Detroit Pistons coach Lawrence Frank informed owner Tom Gores that he shouldn’t be retained for the third year of his contract unless the franchise is willing to guarantee the deal’s fourth-year team option, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

In the week prior to completing his second season as Pistons coach on Wednesday night, Frank delivered this message to Gores and Detroit general manager Joe Dumars in face-to-face and telephone discussions, sources said.

The Pistons are expected to deliver Frank’s fate in a Thursday meeting at the team’s practice facility in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Frank is guaranteed $4 million for the 2013-14 season, and the team controls a $4 million option for the 2014-15 season.

This sounds like the desperate move of a coach who knows he’s about to be fired. I don’t think Gores’ decision will be difficult.

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