Report: Nets assistant Lawrence Frank retains counsel to work on buyout

Thursday December 5th, 2013

(Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images) Jason Kidd's first game without Lawrence Frank resulted in a 24-point loss. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Brooklyn Nets assistant coach Lawrence Frank is retaining a lawyer in the attempts to negotiate a buyout from the team, reports Tim Bontemps and Fred Kerber of the New York Post.

Frank was reassigned by head coach Jason Kidd yesterday with Kidd saying that Frank would not be at practice or games and that he was going to submit daily reports in his new role with the team.

Frank reportedly has a six-year contract that pays him $1 million a season.

“I think [Frank] is still working, so there’s no disappointment,” Kidd said Wednesday. “So we move on.

“It’s part of the job. He’s working. He’s giving his reports. … So do I miss him? No. He’s doing his job and what I’ve asked him to do.”

In the first game without Frank on the bench, the Nets were routed by the Denver Nuggets, 111-87. The loss put the Nets at 5-13, which is good for 13th in the Eastern Conference.

MANNIX: Clash of styles, philosophies drove Nets coaching shuffle

More from the New York Post:

Nets assistant coach Lawrence Frank is in the process of retaining “high-powered” legal counsel, presumably to settle a buyout with the franchise in the wake of being “re-assigned” by head coach Jason Kidd, a league source told The Post. When the Nets hired Frank — a former head coach with the Nets, whom Kidd had publicly pursued to be one of his assistants after taking the job back in June — they gave him a six-year deal worth a total of roughly $6 million, according to league sources, making him the highest paid assistant coach in the NBA.
SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.