Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Former Raptors coach Dwane Casey reaches five-year deal with Pistons

Former Raptors coach Dwane Casey reaches five-year deal with Pistons

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

The Pistons have hired former Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey.

The Raptors fired Casey, 61, last month despite the team making the playoffs for five straight seasons.

Casey's Raptors teams were the winningest in franchise history, as the 2017-18 group broke the franchise record for regular-season victories (set in 2015-16) with 59. 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. 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. In our meetings he displayed great insight into what this roster can accomplish, and great passion about our city and the team's role in bringing people together. "He embodies our culture and will be a great representative for our franchise".

Well, today you can mark head coach off that list.

Casey replaces Stan Van Gundy, who was sacked last month after four seasons with the team. He also has experience in the league as an assistant with Dallas and Seattle.

The Detroit Pistons have a new head coach, despite the fact the team doesn't have a general manager or team president. The Raptors then outplayed the Washington Wizards in the playoffs, but were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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