Pistons Reach Agreement on 5-Year Deal with Dwane Casey to be New Head Coach

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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