Now that the worst-kept secret in the NBA is out — the Detroit Pistons firing coach Lawrence Frank — the Pistons are set out to hire their fourth coach since 2008.

Pistons President Joe Dumars will spearhead the search and owner Tom Gores will not rely on the counsel of outsider Dave Checketts this time.

Dumars is armed with a chance to remake the roster in a way he hasn't since the beginning of his tenure, along with getting a chance to hire a coach without restriction for the first time in five years.

Alas, here's things he has on his agenda — and has working for him — as the coaching search is at the top of his mind.

State of the franchise

To assess the Pistons' prospects for the future, measuring them against other teams in similar positions could be the best indicator: The Charlotte Bobcats, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, New Orleans Hornets, Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards.

The Pistons have flexibility, young players and, despite statements to the contrary, playing in Detroit isn't the equivalent of NBA Siberia.

Toronto and Washington are capped out with top-heavy salaried players who aren't bringing top-heavy games every night in Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan.

Phoenix is in step one of a rebuilding phase sans Steve Nash while Cleveland is holding onto the extreme hope of getting LeBron James to come back in the summer of 2014.

Orlando is an interesting case because of all the extra draft picks it has acquired, intriguing young players and stability on the sidelines in coach Jacque Vaughn.

A league executive told The News that Dumars is still heavily respected by players and agents around the league, that he represents "organizational strength" despite the Pistons not being a big-market team.

The Pistons' coaching vacancy isn't a bad job, not anymore.

There's only 30 of these jobs in the NBA, and if the front office and ownership are in unison, along with the likelihood of a roster makeover, it's more attractive than the openings in Cleveland and Philadelphia.

Being able to coach Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe wouldn't be a deterrent for any prospective coach, and the Pistons are likely the best opening on the market right now.