Pistons hire ex-Raps coach Casey

  • Pistons hire ex-Raps coach Casey

Pistons hire ex-Raps coach Casey

Casey was identified as a target for the Pistons early on as they look to reshape their organization from the president's role on down, meeting with the team's search committee in late May and then with Pistons ownership this week.

Casey has agreed to a five-year deal with the team. "Tom (owner Gores) really won me over with his vision for the team and the city". "There is a lot of talent, a solid core and some exciting young players eager to get better".

But the franchise had its eyes on an National Basketball Association finals appearance this year after winning a franchise-record 59 games in the regular season, the second best record in the league behind only Houston.

Dwane Casey is on his way to Detroit, sources tell The Associated Press. With the offseason officially starting after the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers for the NBA Championship, it was time for the Pistons to pull the trigger. "He's a great communicator and a leader who will connect with our players and accelerate their growth".

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. 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.

Casey, who is from Morganfield, Kentucky, played for the Wildcats and helped them win the 1978 NCAA title and began his coaching career the next year as a graduate assistant under Joe B. Hall. "He embodies our culture and will be a great representative for our franchise".