Frank gets permission to speak with Warriors

Lawrence Frank appears close to returning to the NBA head coaching ranks and he has received permission by the Celtics to interview for the vacant Golden State Warriors position, the club confirmed.

Frank has already interviewed twice for the Houston Rockets job and is considered one of the top available candidates on the market. Frank has spent one season as the Celtics assistant coach in a defensive coordinator-type role after a coaching the New Jersey Nets for parts of seven seasons and leading the club to four playoff appearances.

If Frank departs, the Celtics would have to find another defensive coach, which will be a critical hire in what is expected to be the final go-around for the Big Three. Dallas assistant Dwane Casey, former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown and ex-Celtic great and former Timberwolves coack Kevin McHale are candidates in Houston along with Frank. The Warriors have been slower in their coaching search but also have received persmission to interview Lakers assistant and Oakland native Brian Shaw.