Dwane Casey is on his way to Detroit, sources tell The Associated Press.
Casey is well-respected by players across the league, but was this the correct hire by Gores and the Pistons? In seven years with the organization, Casey posted an overall record of 320-238.
Dwane Casey coaches the Toronto Raptors against the Washington Wizards during the first round of the playoffs on April 17, 2018.
With the Pistons, Casey has a lot of work to do.
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Casey, 61, was voted "Coach of the Year" by his fellow National Basketball Association coaches after leading Toronto to an Eastern Conference-best 59-23 record, the best mark in franchise history, but he was relieved of his duties shortly after another embarrassing four-game sweep at the hands of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. "As a team, we are constantly trying to grow and improve in order to get to the next level". He was named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month five times, and last February, became the first coach in Raptors history to be selected to coach in the NBA All-Star game.
Detroit moved into a new downtown arena last season, but with the exception of some brief success after trading for Griffin, the team didn't create much buzz. Casey was sacked on May 11 with one year remaining on his contract at a reported $6.5 million.
Under Casey, the Raptors won four Atlantic Division titles and advanced to the playoffs in five consecutive seasons.
The team had reportedly narrowed down its search between Casey and John Beillin of the University of MI last week. Casey's 2005-06 squad finished in the NBA's top 10 in fewest average points per game and lowest opponent field goal percentage.