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Source: Lawrence Frank, Nets reach buyout agreement

Lawrence Frank reacts during the second quarter of

Lawrence Frank reacts during the second quarter of a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. (Oct. 30, 2013) Credit: AP

Lawrence Frank's second stint with the Nets is over.

A league source confirmed Thursday that the Nets have reached a buyout agreement with Frank, who was initially hired last summer to be Jason Kidd's top assistant and got abruptly reassigned to writing "daily reports" just five weeks into the season.

The agreement paved the way for Frank to join Doc Rivers' staff with the Los Angeles Clippers. He was officially hired as an assistant Thursday. Frank also served on Rivers' staff with the Boston Celtics in 2010-11.

While with the Nets, Frank had one of the league's most lucrative contracts for an assistant coach, a six-year deal worth nearly $6 million, according to multiple reports. Since Kidd was hired without having any head coaching experience, the Nets brought in Frank -- a former head coach with the team -- to provide his expertise. But friction grew between the two, leading to Kidd's revelation before a 111-87 loss to the Nuggets on Dec. 3 that Frank's role had changed because of "philosophical differences."

Frank, who was on Byron Scott's staff when Kidd was traded to the Nets in 2001 and served as Kidd's head coach in New Jersey from 2004-08, was essentially banished from being around the team.

Kidd spent only one season with the Nets and is now the coach for the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Nets hired Lionel Hollins as their new coach in July.

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