Dwane Casey, Detroit Pistons agree to 5-year deal

ImageDwane Casey formerly coach of the Toronto Raptors will take over

ImageDwane Casey formerly coach of the Toronto Raptors will take over

Dwane Casey has agreed on a five-year deal to become the coach of the Pistons, according to ESPN.

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.

Casey was named coach of the year by the National Basketball Coaches Association, an award voted on by NBA head coaches.

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

The Detroit Pistons announced today an agreement with Dwane Casey to join the organization as Head Coach. "He embodies our culture and will be a great representative for our franchise". "We're getting to work right away on the things that will make us all successful".

The 61-year-old Casey lands with a team that Stan Van Gundy led to one playoff appearance in four years, inheriting a roster with Blake Griffin's huge contract and Andre Drummond that finished 39-43 this year.

He also spent three seasons (2008-11) as an assistant with Dallas under Rick Carlisle where he directed the club's defense and helped lead the Mavericks to the 2011 NBA Championship. The Raptors then outplayed the Washington Wizards in the playoffs, but were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Detroit Pistons have a new head coach, despite the fact the team doesn't have a general manager or team president. They did bring in Ed Stefanski as a senior executive.

Once the Pistons officially hire a coach, Toronto will be left with the league's only coaching vacancy.

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