Dwane Casey Agrees to Five-Year Deal to Become Coach of Pistons


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

Toronto reportedly has a shortlist of two candidates - 50-year-old Nick Nurse (who has been a Raptors assistant under Casey since the 2013-14 season) and top global head coach Ettore Messina, 58, who has been a San Antonio Spurs assistant under Gregg Popovich since 2014.

According to the report, Casey will receive a five-year deal.

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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 was sacked by the Raptors a month ago despite leading the team to a franchise-best 59 wins this past regular season. His departure from Toronto was a hard decision for Raptors president Masai Ujiri, and Casey being favored for a new role quickly is hardly surprising, although he could have stayed at home earning $6.5 million and waiting for another opportunity next summer.

"He's an outstanding man with impressive character". The 61-year-old finished his tenure as the team's winningest coach but could never get it over the hump in the playoffs.

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Casey replaces Stan Van Gundy, who was sacked last month after four seasons with the team.

Prior to his appointment with Toronto, he served as head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2005-07. He has five years of coaching experience in Japan and has spent time around the game in Europe.

Detroit moved into a new downtown arena last season, but with the exception of some brief success after trading for Griffin, the team didn't create much buzz.

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