Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Pistons name Dwane Casey as new head coach

Pistons name Dwane Casey as new head coach

Dwane Casey is on his way to Detroit, sources tell The Associated Press.

Pistons owner Tom Gores announced the move Monday, calling Casey one of the most successful and respected coaches in the National Basketball Association.

Toronto reportedly has a shortlist of two candidates - 50-year-old Nick Nurse (who has been a Raptors assistant under Casey since the 2013-14 season) and top worldwide head coach Ettore Messina, 58, who has been a San Antonio Spurs assistant under Gregg Popovich since 2014.

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

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The 61-year-old coach has also been swept out of the last two postseasons by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but will now have the chance to work with a different roster, assembling the pieces left in place by former boss Stan Van Gundy.

Casey led Toronto to a franchise-record 59 wins this year and helped them earn the top seed in the Eastern Conference for the first time.

Casey was sacked in May, shortly after being dubbed Coach of the Year by the National Basketball Coach's Association. Having spent many hours with Dwane over the last few weeks, I'm confident he is the right person to get us to the next level.

Detroit's playoff appearance in 2015-16 was their only one since 2008-09 when they were bounced in the first round by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. My thoughts on Casey and the team moving forward in the video above! Toronto won four Atlantic Division titles during Casey's tenure. Promoted to associate head coach in November 2000, nine of his teams in Seattle finished above.500 with five winning 50 or more games.

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