It didn’t take long for Dwane Casey to find another landing spot as a head coach after being fired by the Toronto Raptors, as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that he has agreed to a 5-year deal to be the head coach of the Detroit Pistons.
Following the departure of Stan Van Gundy as coach and president of basketball operations, Pistons owner Tom Gores and senior adviser Ed Stefanski pursued Casey heavily, giving him a long-term commitment to the team as they look to return to the playoffs and remain a force in the Eastern Conference for years to come. They certainly have some of the pieces in place, with Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond, as they look to build around them to contend.
Most people believe Casey is this year’s NBA Coach of the Year after posting the best regular season record for the Toronto Raptors in franchise history, but was fired when the Cleveland Cavaliers swept them out of the playoffs a second time.
With Dwane on board, the Pistons have a good chance of ending their playoff drought as early as next season.