Ex Raptors Coach Dwane Casey Lands New Coaching Job

Dwane Casey

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

Pistons owner Tom Gores announced the move Monday, calling Casey one of the most successful and respected coaches in the National Basketball Association.

The AP reports that Casey, who was sacked last month after the Toronto Raptors were swept by Cleveland in the second round of the post-season, has reached an agreement on a five-year deal to become the Pistons' next head coach.

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

With the Pistons, Casey has a lot of work to do. Having spent many hours with Dwane over the last few weeks, I'm confident he is the right person to get us to the next level.

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Casey, 61, led the Raptors to a franchise record 59 wins this seaso, and was sacked days after Toronto was swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the conference semifinals.

Casey was sacked in May, shortly after being dubbed Coach of the Year by the National Basketball Coach's Association.

Under Casey, the Raptors won four Atlantic Division titles and advanced to the playoffs in five consecutive seasons. With the offseason officially starting after the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers for the NBA Championship, it was time for the Pistons to pull the trigger.

He coached the Minnesota Timberwolves for a little more than one season, going 53-69. The 61-year-old finished his tenure as the team's winningest coach but could never get it over the hump in the playoffs. He also has experience in the league as an assistant with Dallas and Seattle.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the news Monday, saying it's a 5-year deal.

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