The Pistons hired Cheeks last summer when they continued to upgrade their roster with the acquisition of All-Stars
Said Pistons President Joe Dumars in a statement, "This was a difficult decision for the organization to make but we needed to make a change. We have great respect for Maurice and appreciate his hard work."
Cheeks, an All-Star point guard during his playing days, had previously been the head coach for the
He had only two winning seasons as a head coach, his first two with Portland, although his overall record is not far below .500 at 305-315 (.492).