Dwane Casey, Detroit Pistons agree to 5-year deal

Dwane Casey

He was 320-238 in seven seasons and is Toronto's winningest coach.

The Detroit Pistons have agreed to a five-year deal with former Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

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. His departure from Toronto was a hard decision for Raptors president Masai Ujiri, and Casey being favored for a new role quickly is hardly surprising, although he could have stayed at home earning $6.5 million and waiting for another opportunity next summer. The last time the Pistons made the postseason they were swept in the first round by the Cavaliers in 2016.

Pistons owner Tom Gores had virtually cleaned house, by parting ways with Van Gundy shortly after the end of the regular season and then with general manager Jeff Bower, giving this front office a completely different look, and determined to separate coaching from basketball operation.

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

Detroit moved into a new downtown arena last season, but with the exception of some brief success after trading for Griffin, the team didn't create much buzz. "He embodies our culture and will be a great representative for our franchise".

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, 61, has served as a head coach, associate head coach or assistant coach in the National Basketball Association for 23 of the past 24 years.

The Raptors dispatched Washington in six games in the first round of the post-season, but couldn't win a game against nemesis LeBron James and his Cavaliers in the conference semifinals.

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