Dwane Casey Agrees to Five-Year Deal to Become Coach of Pistons


Dwane Casey has agreed on a five-year deal to become the coach of the Pistons, according to ESPN.

After seven seasons at the helm, Casey was sacked by the Raptors in May despite leading Toronto to a franchise-best 59-23 record during the regular-season.

Mr. Casey, who led the Toronto Raptors to 59 wins in the most recently completed season, is a finalist for the NBA's 2018 Coach of the Year Award, which will presented on June 25 at the league's awards dinner in Los Angeles. He was 320-238 in seven seasons and is Toronto's winningest coach.

The Pistons parted ways with Stan Van Gundy last month after a four year run with the team as President of Basketball Operations and head coach.

Other candidates who advanced to meetings with Gores in the final round of Detroit's search include the University of MI coach John Beilein, the longtime broadcaster Kenny Smith and the San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Ime Udoka.

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Detroit will operate with an All-Star frontcourt of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, but will have to figure out the pieces around them in hopes to take the team into playoff contention.

With the Pistons, Casey has a lot of work to do. An injury to point guard Reggie Jackson derailed what looked like a promising season. My thoughts on Casey and the team moving forward in the video above!

He coached the Minnesota Timberwolves for a little more than one season, going 53-69.

He also spent three seasons (2008-11) as an assistant with Dallas under Rick Carlisle where he directed the club's defense and helped lead the Mavericks to the 2011 NBA Championship. Last month, he was named the Coach of the Year by the National Basketball Coaches Association.

However, Toronto fell for the third straight season to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.