Sources: Pacers to promote Frank Vogel
The Indiana Pacers have scheduled a press conference for Wednesday that will officially seal Frank Vogel's promotion to full-time coach, according to NBA coaching sources.
The long-anticipated move, which will be announced by Pacers president Larry Bird six days into the NBA's first work stoppage since the summer of 1998, leaves the Detroit Pistons as the only team in the league without a coach.
Vogel emerged as the favorite to land the Pacers job in April, after replacing Jim O'Brien in January and, as interim coach, leading Indiana to its first playoff berth since 2006.
The Indianapolis Star reported two weeks ago that former Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw has agreed to serve as the Pacers associate head coach, signaling that Vogel's formal appointment as head coach was imminent.
According to The Star, Vogel will receive a two-year deal with a team option for a third season.
"He's going to get every opportunity to have this job," Bird said of Vogel in early June. "What we're doing now is just going through the process. Hopefully it won't take more than a week or two."
After breaking into the league as a video coordinator with the Boston Celtics under Rick Pitino, Vogel worked for the Philadelphia 76ers, Lakers and Washington Wizards before joining the Pacers as an assistant under O'Brien. Vogel posted a record of 20-18 over the final 38 games to help the Pacers clinch the No. 8 seed in the East before a five-game loss to the Chicago Bulls in the first round.
The Pistons, meanwhile, have five known candidates for their opening. Former NBA head coaches Mike Woodson and Lawrence Frank have interviewed for the job, as have current NBA assistants Kelvin Sampson, Bill Laimbeer and Patrick Ewing.
Yahoo! Sports reported on the eve of the NBA draft that the Minnesota Timberwolves have decided to fire Kurt Rambis after two seasons, but no definitive declaration about Rambis' status -- whether they intend to keep him or let him go -- has been announced by the Wolves.
Marc Stein covers the NBA for ESPN.com.
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