Raptors ex-coach Dwane Casey to lead Pistons

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Former Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey has reportedly agreed to take over as head coach of the Detroit Pistons on a five-year deal, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Raptors were the first seed in the Eastern Conference this year, finishing with a record of 59-23. Under Casey, the Raptors reached the Eastern Conference Finals during 2015-16 season, but away from that feat, his teams were swept three times in the postseason, including two years in a row by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The only coaching vacancy remaining belongs to the Toronto Raptors, and its their out-bound head coach filling the penultimate one.

Some Detroit Pistons fans have been very critical of Tom Gores for taking so long to find a head coach and general manager.

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

With the Pistons, Casey has a lot of work to do. "You got Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson, so you've got some good pieces there in Detroit". They did bring in Ed Stefanski as a senior executive to assist in searches for a new coach and head of basketball operations. Casey was sacked on May 11 with one year remaining on his contract at a reported $6.5 million.

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.

He coached the Minnesota Timberwolves for a little more than one season, going 53-69.

Casey coached seven years in Toronto, making the playoffs the past five. He also has experience in the league as an assistant with Dallas and Seattle.

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