ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that former Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey will take over the head coaching duties for the Detroit Pistons after agreeing to a 5-year deal with the team. The Pistons head-coaching job had been vacant since firing Stan Van Gundy, who served as coach and general manager over the last four years. Van Gundy went 152-176 during that span, making the playoffs just one time, getting swept by the championship-bound Cleveland Cavaliers.
Casey arrives to a team that appeared to have a lot of potential early last season, after starting the season with a 14-6 record. However, even after making a deadline trade for star forward Blake Griffin, the Pistons had a dismal second half of the season, and wound up missing the playoffs by four games.
The Pistons hope Casey can be a great fit for their team, who have two All-Star caliber big men in Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin, but lack when it comes to their guard play. Casey comes from a Raptors team that just went 59-23 behind the play of their two all-star guards DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry.
Casey brings a career 373-307 record over parts of nine seasons with the Raptors and Timberwolves, coaching the Raptors to five straight playoff appearances dating back to the 2013-14 season.
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