Pistons name Dwane Casey as new head coach

Heather Diaz
June 12, 2018

Reigning NBA Coach of the Year Dwane Casey agreed to a five-year deal to become coach of the Detroit Pistons on Monday.

The all-time winningest coach in Raptors history, Casey led Toronto to the franchise's first 50-win season in 2015-16, recorded 50-plus wins in each of the last three seasons and posted a franchise-record 59 wins and the top seed in the Eastern Conference in 2017-18. The NBA coach of the year finalist was sacked shortly after Toronto was swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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

The Pistons parted ways with former head coach Stan Van Gundy in early May after four seasons with the club upon missing the playoffs for the second straight season. "He embodies our culture and will be a great representative for our franchise".

Other candidates who advanced to meetings with Gores in the final round of Detroit's search include the University of MI coach John Beilein, the longtime broadcaster Kenny Smith and the San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Ime Udoka. "We're getting to work right away on the things that will make us all successful". Casey also coached the Timberwolves from 2005-07, where he amassed a 53-69 record.

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Well, today you can mark head coach off that list. He has five years of coaching experience in Japan and has spent time around the game in Europe.

The Pistons move means that there's only one vacant head coaching job left in the National Basketball Association - with the Raptors.

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.

Once the Pistons officially hire a coach, Toronto will be left with the league's only coaching vacancy. They did bring in Ed Stefanski as a senior executive.

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