Raptors ex-coach Dwane Casey to lead Pistons

Raptors ex-coach Dwane Casey to lead Pistons

The Detroit Pistons have reached an agreement on a five-year deal with the ex-Toronto Raptors coach according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Casey's firing came after the Raptors recorded a franchise-best 59 wins in the regular season, earning the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference for the first time in history. The NBA coach of the year finalist was sacked shortly after Toronto was swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Casey replaces Stan Van Gundy, who was sacked last month after four seasons with the team.

The Pistons also considered MI basketball coach John Beilein for the position.

The Pistons have made the playoffs only once in nine years after advancing at least to the Eastern Conference finals six straight years, winning the 2004 National Basketball Association title and falling a victory short of repeating as champions in 2005.


The Pistons recently hired the former Nets general manager Ed Stefanski to lead their search for new front-office executives. This past season, Detroit traded for All-Star forward Blake Griffin, who they are hoping to build their roster around alongside Andre Drummond.

Casey was sacked in May, shortly after being dubbed Coach of the Year by the National Basketball Coach's Association. My thoughts on Casey and the team moving forward in the video above!

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.

Under Casey, the Raptors won four Atlantic Division titles and advanced to the playoffs in five consecutive seasons.

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

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