Pistons' Tom Gores on Dwane Casey: Great communicator who'll connect with players

Tanya Simon
June 12, 2018

The Pistons are still looking to hire someone to head their basketball operation.

"Dwane is one of the most successful and highly respected coaches in our league", said Pistons Owner Tom Gores.

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 NBA coach of the year finalist was sacked shortly after Toronto was swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers with one year remaining on a three-year, $18 million dollar extension.

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

Casey is fresh off coaching the Raptors to the best record in franchise history, finishing with 59 wins and 23 losses, also garnering the top seed in the Eastern Conference for the first time in team history.

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Detroit's playoff appearance in 2015-16 was their only one since 2008-09 when they were bounced in the first round by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I'm confident that this team has the pieces in place to compete at a very high level", Mr. Casey added.

Prior to his appointment with Toronto, he served as head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2005-07. He led Toronto to four Atlantic Division titles in five years, and three consecutive 50-win seasons. The 61-year-old finished his tenure as the team's winningest coach but could never get it over the hump in the playoffs.

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.

The team had reportedly narrowed down its search between Casey and John Beillin of the University of MI last week.

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