Raptors ex-coach Dwane Casey to lead Pistons

Lynette Rowe
June 12, 2018

Casey was given a five-year deal to lead the Pistons, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team didn't release the terms of the contract.

Casey's Raptors teams were the winningest in franchise history, as the 2017-18 group broke the franchise record for regular-season victories (set in 2015-16) with 59.

Dwane Casey coaches the Toronto Raptors against the Washington Wizards during the first round of the playoffs on April 17, 2018.

Detroit has been looking for a coach for more than month since firing Stan Van Gundy, who was also its president of basketball operations. The club was connected to Casey early in their interview process, with University of MI head coach John Beilein also in the mix for the job. This past season, Detroit traded for All-Star forward Blake Griffin, who they are hoping to build their roster around alongside Andre Drummond.

The Detroit Pistons announced today an agreement with Dwane Casey to join the organization as Head Coach. My thoughts on Casey and the team moving forward in the video above! The last time the Pistons made the postseason they were swept in the first round by the Cavaliers in 2016.

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Casey was sacked in May, shortly after being dubbed Coach of the Year by the National Basketball Coach's Association.

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.

Casey coached seven years in Toronto, making the playoffs the past five.

Casey is getting his third shot to lead an National Basketball Association team.

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