Lawrence Frank, Nets Reach Buyout

Jason Kidd, Lawrence Frank
Jason Kidd, Lawrence Frank
Nets ex-coaches (AP)

Daily reports, the last vestiges of a turbulent Jason Kidd era, will no longer be filed in Brooklyn.

On the eve of their own media day, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reports that the Brooklyn Nets agreed to a buyout agreement with their highest-paid assistant and former head coach Lawrence Frank.

Details of the buyout are still forthcoming, but promise to be lucrative as Frank was in year two of a six-year deal worth $6 million, which helped give ownership the confidence to hand the coaching reigns to Jason Kidd.

The buyout frees Frank to join former boss Doc Rivers, who he served under as lead assistant coach for the 2010-11 Boston Celtics. Frank joins former Knicks head coach Mike Woodson and former Nets player Sam Cassell on Rivers’ bench.

To Frank’s credit, he remained silent during the tumultuous and ugly change last season, and according to Mike Fratello took his duties as the newly-installed daily reporter diligently. Even in an odd, roller-coaster season, Frank’s reputation as a professional workaholic, earned during his five-year stint as Nets head coach, remains intact.

Frank is the franchise’s all-time leader in coaching wins, the last head coach to bring the Nets to the playoffs in New Jersey, and with Kidd gone, the last link to the team’s success in Meadowlands. With the issue resolved, Coach Hollins and his staff prepares for work Saturday, when Nets camp officially kicks off.