Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores hasn’t exactly given head coach Lawrence Frank a vote of confidence going forward, and an exasperated Frank can see the writing on the wall. Lawrence Frank doesn’t want to be a lame-duck coach heading into next season. Per Yahoo! Sports: “With his brief tenure rapidly reaching a crossroads, Detroit Pistons coach Lawrence Frank informed owner Tom Gores that he shouldn’t be retained for the third year of his contract unless the franchise is willing to guarantee the deal’s fourth-year team option, league sources said. In the week prior to completing his second season as Pistons coach on Wednesday night, Frank delivered this message to Gores and Detroit general manager Joe Dumars in face-to-face and telephone discussions, sources said. Within the organization, Frank has been insistent that the Pistons’ full-blown rebuilding project and recent instabilities in the head coaching position make it largely unworkable for him to return as a lame-duck coach for the 2013-14 season. [...] The Pistons are expected to deliver Frank’s fate in a Thursday meeting at the team’s practice facility in Auburn Hills, Mich. Frank is guaranteed $4 million for the 2013-14 season, and the team controls a $4 million option for the 2014-15 season. Gores’ public comments about Frank on Monday offered him negligible support, further inspiring speculation that the coach would be fired at season’s end. Frank would be the third straight Pistons coach to be let go without reaching the third year of his contract.”