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Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Maurice Cheeks was named the new head coach of the Detroit Pistons, the team announced Monday.

This will be the third NBA head coaching job for Cheeks, who previously was head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers and Portland Trail Blazers. He has a 284-286 head coaching record in six full seasons and parts of two other seasons.

Cheeks, 56, takes over from Lawrence Frank, who was fired after the Pistons finished with a 29-53 record.

Cheeks spent the past four seasons as a Thunder assistant after being fired as the 76ers head coach 23 games into the 2008-2009 season.

Cheeks had three interviews with Pistons owner Tom Gores, and beat out the other finalist for the job, Nate McMillan.

---Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers has still not said publicly whether or not he will return to the team next season.

When the Boston Globe asked if he was still in the process of deciding, Rivers wrote, "I'd rather not say," via a text message.

Danny Ainge, the Celtics president of basketball operations, has said he expects Rivers to return.

---Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant reached a settlement with his parents, who tried to auction off several memorabilia items from earlier in his career.

The settlement included an apology from his parents and allows less than 10 percent of the items to be sold.

Bryant and Goldin Auctions were scheduled to go to trial next week in New Jersey. Instead, the two sides agreed that six of the items could be auctioned. Bryant's parents, Joe and Pamela, had contracted with Goldin to auction the items.

Goldin Auctions president Ken Goldin told ESPN.com on Monday that he believes the six items can sell for at least $500,000.

---NBA analyst Kenny Smith told USA Today that he has talked with the Sacramento Kings about their vacant general manager job.

Smith, who played for the Kings in the 1980s, has been an analyst for TNT Sports.

New Kings owner Vivek Ranadive already hired former Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Malone as head coach. The Kings announced that Chris Jent was hired to be part of head coach Malone's staff.

---Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau and New Orleans head coach Monty Williams were added to the USA men's national team coaching staff.

Boeheim was considered an option to replace head coach Mike Krzyzewski before USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo announced Krzyzewski would return as coach of the team for 2013-2016.

---Three NBA teams were fined for tampering, USA Today reported Monday.

The information was based on a league memo obtained by USA Today, and although the names of the teams have not been made public, a source told the newspaper that the Atlanta Hawks are one of the teams that have been fined.

---NBA officials approved teams selling on-court advertising in front of team benches and on top of backboards, Sports Business Daily reported.

The two areas are considered high-profile space since they are camera-visible.

Specifics of the deal were not disclosed, but it is reportedly a multiyear, multimillion-dollar contract.

---Game 2 of the NBA Finals, played Sunday night between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs, received a 10.2 overnight rating from the Nielsen Company.

According to Sports Business Daily, the rating is down 14 percent from last year's 11.8 for the Heat-Oklahoma City Thunder Game 2, which aired on a Thursday night.

---The Heat announced that they entered a single-affiliation partnership with the NBA Development League's Sioux Falls Skyforce beginning in the 2013-14 season.
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