Pistons land ex-Raptors coach Dwane Casey with 5-year deal

Doug Mendoza
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 is fresh off coaching the Raptors to the best record in franchise history, finishing with 59 wins and 23 losses, also garnering the top seed in the Eastern Conference for the first time in team history.

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.

Detroit parted ways with head coach and president Stan Van Gundy in May. 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.

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

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"I am excited and honored to join the Detroit Pistons, a franchise with a championship history and a roster that is ready to win now", Casey said in a statement.

Some Detroit Pistons fans have been very critical of Tom Gores for taking so long to find a head coach and general manager.

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

Casey is the front-runner for the NBA's coach of the year award to be presented later this month. He also has experience in the league as an assistant with Dallas and Seattle.

Casey coached seven years in Toronto, making the playoffs the past five. But Toronto couldn't get past Cleveland, losing to LeBron James and the Cavs in each of the past three playoffs.

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