Dwane Casey Agrees to Five-Year Deal to Become Coach of Pistons

11 June, 2018, 23:57 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Dwane Casey

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.

Earlier this year, the Raptors celebrated their 300th win under Casey, who also helped pave the way to their first-place finish in the Eastern Conference. Casey and the Raptors had high expectations for the team this year, but lost to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the semi-finals in an embarrassing sweep.

The only coaching vacancy remaining belongs to the Toronto Raptors, and its their out-bound head coach filling the penultimate one.

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


The Pistons recently hired the former Nets general manager Ed Stefanski to lead their search for new front-office executives. MI coach John Beilein was a finalist for the job before withdrawing his name from consideration last week and San Antonio Spurs assistant Ime Udoka also was a candidate. He posted a record of 152-176 overall in his four seasons in Detroit, guiding the Pistons to the playoffs only in 2015-16, when they lost in the first round.

"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", Mr. Casey said. If healthy, the Pistons do potentially have an intriguing nucleus with Griffin, Jackson and Andre Drummond.

He coached the Minnesota Timberwolves for a little more than one season, going 53-69. Last month, he was named the Coach of the Year by the National Basketball Coaches Association.

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