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

Dwane Casey

The Detroit Pistons have reached an agreement on a five-year deal with the ex-Toronto Raptors coach 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.

Dwane Casey coaches the Toronto Raptors against the Washington Wizards during the first round of the playoffs on April 17, 2018. The 61-year-old was the most successful coach in Raptors history, with a 320-238 record, three 50-win seasons and four Atlantic Division titles.

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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.

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.

Detroit has missed the playoffs in eight of the last nine seasons.

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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.

Dwane Casey is on his way to Detroit, sources tell The Associated Press.

"I'm confident that this team has the pieces in place to compete at a very high level", Mr. Casey added. Casey was sacked on May 11 with one year remaining on his contract at a reported $6.5 million.

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

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