Monday, 18 June, 2018

Raptors ex-coach Dwane Casey to lead Pistons

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Rita Gibson | 11 June, 2018, 23:55

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

Casey led the Raptors to a franchise-record 59 wins this season as Toronto earned the top seed in the Eastern Conference for the first time.

Casey was the head coach of the Raptors since 2011, and took them to a conference finals appearance in the 2016 playoffs.

The Pistons interviewed several candidates for the job, including MI basketball coach John Beilein, TNT's Kenny Smith and Spurs assistant Ime Udoka.

Despite missing the playoffs, Detroit traded for Blake Griffin and have a strong tandem of him and centre Andre Drummond.

"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. An injury to point guard Reggie Jackson derailed what looked like a promising season.

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The Detroit Pistons have hired Dwane Casey as their new coach. They did bring in Ed Stefanski as a senior executive to assist in searches for a new coach and head of basketball operations.

"I'm confident that this team has the pieces in place to compete at a very high level", Mr. Casey added.

In 14 seasons as an National Basketball Association assistant, Casey's teams registered a 689-427 (.617) mark with eight campaigns of 50 or more wins.

Casey is the front-runner for the NBA's coach of the year award to be presented later this month. He later back to campus to work as an assistant for Eddie Sutton.

Under Casey, the Raptors won four Atlantic Division titles and advanced to the playoffs in five consecutive seasons.

However, Toronto fell for the third straight season to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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