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Ku’s Ball Room: Detroit Pistons hire Dwane Casey

Ku’s Ball Room: Detroit Pistons hire Dwane Casey

The Detroit Pistons have agreed to a five-year deal with former Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

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. Casey and the Raptors had high expectations for the team this year, but lost to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the semi-finals in an embarrassing sweep.

Casey's new job comes after seven years with the Raptors, with whom he won four Atlantic Division championships and reached one conference finals.

He replaces Stan Van Gundy, who was sacked in May. "He embodies our culture and will be a great representative for our franchise".

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The Pistons parted ways with general manager Jeff Bower in addition to coach Stan Van Gundy. Casey also coached the Timberwolves from 2005-07, where he amassed a 53-69 record.

Other candidates who advanced to meetings with Gores in the final round of Detroit's search include the University of MI coach John Beilein, the longtime broadcaster Kenny Smith and the San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Ime Udoka. He also has experience in the league as an assistant with Dallas and Seattle.

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

Well, today you can mark head coach off that list. This past season, Detroit traded for All-Star forward Blake Griffin, who they are hoping to build their roster around alongside Andre Drummond. The Pistons are still looking to hire someone to head basketball operation.


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