Detroit Pistons tap Dwane Casey as next head coach

Dwane Casey did not have to wait long to find another job.

The former head coach of the Toronto Raptors and potential Coach of the Year winner, Casey has agreed in principle to a deal with the Detroit Pistons. According to ESPN, Casey will ink a 5-year deal to lead the team.

Casey takes over for Stan Van Gundy, who served as head coach and the key decision maker in regards to personnel.

Casey led the Raptors to a 59-win season during 2017-18, as well as the second best record in the entire league. Only the Houston Rockets won more games than Casey’s Raptors, who improved each year with him at the helm. He built a 373-307 record as Toronto coach, and the team emerged as a perennial contender in the Eastern Conference.

Casey will have his work cut out for him with a unique roster. Whereas he possessed one of the league’s best backcourts in Toronto with Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, he inherits a unit led by big men Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond.

Casey has long been noted for his defensive schemes, as he was a key member of the Dallas Mavericks’ 2011 coaching staff that won a title over LeBron James and the Miami Heat.

With the hire, the Raptors remain the last team to hire a head coach.

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