Dwane Casey to Coach Pistons

Dwane Casey

Dwane Casey

Dwane Casey has agreed to a five-year deal to become head coach of the Detroit Pistons, two people familiar with the situation have told The Associated Press.

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.

Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey points against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Monday, May 7, 2018, in Cleveland.

Casey posted a 320-238 (.573) overall record as Raptors coach.

Detroit is rebuilding its franchise, hiring both Stefanski and now Casey to replace former team president and coach Stan Van Gundy.

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

The Pistons said Casey will be formally introduced at a news conference in Detroit next week.

Detroit acquired Blake Griffin in a blockbuster trade this past season and that wasn't enough to push Detroit into the playoffs.

With the Pistons, Casey has a lot of work to do.

"I'm confident that this team has the pieces in place to compete at a very high level", Mr. Casey added.

Detroit's playoff appearance in 2015-16 was their only one since 2008-09 when they were bounced in the first round by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. He also has experience in the league as an assistant with Dallas and Seattle.

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

In 14 seasons as an National Basketball Association assistant, Casey's teams registered a 689-427 (.617) mark with eight campaigns of 50 or more wins.

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