Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Dwane Casey agrees to 5-year deal with Detroit

Dwane Casey agrees to 5-year deal with Detroit

The Pistons recently hired the former Nets general manager Ed Stefanski to lead their search for new front-office executives.

Casey was sacked in May, shortly after being dubbed Coach of the Year by the National Basketball Coach's Association.

The Raptors fired Casey, 61, last month despite the team making the playoffs for five straight seasons. Or the man who once thought he would one day enter the media world could have finally dabbled in television or radio off the notion that the 2018 Coach of the Year award, as voted by his peers, certainly would have something to add to the bajillion outlets covering sports today. 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.

He replaces Stan Van Gundy, who was sacked by the Pistons last month.

The Pistons hired the National Basketball Association coach of the year finalist Monday, hoping he can help the three-time National Basketball Association championship franchise regularly reach the postseason and eventually compete again for titles.

Casey's new job comes after seven years with the Raptors, with whom he won four Atlantic Division championships and reached one conference finals.

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.

Prior to his appointment with Toronto, he served as head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2005-07. This past season, Detroit traded for All-Star forward Blake Griffin, who they are hoping to build their roster around alongside Andre Drummond.

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