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Pistons name Dwane Casey as new head coach

Pistons name Dwane Casey as new head coach

Casey most recently served as head coach of the Toronto Raptors from 2011-2018 where he compiled a 320-238 (.573) regular-season record and led the Raptors to a franchise-record five consecutive playoff appearances, including a trip to the 2016 Eastern Conference Finals.

The AP reports that Casey, who was sacked last month after the Toronto Raptors were swept by Cleveland in the second round of the post-season, has reached an agreement on a five-year deal to become the Pistons' next head coach.

Dwane Casey has agreed to a five-year deal, league sources tell ESPN. His departure from Toronto was a hard decision for Raptors president Masai Ujiri, and Casey being favored for a new role quickly is hardly surprising, although he could have stayed at home earning $6.5 million and waiting for another opportunity next summer.

The Pistons hired the National Basketball Association coach of the year finalist Monday, hoping he can help the three-time National Basketball Association championship franchise regularly reach the postseason and eventually compete again for titles.

He replaces Stan Van Gundy, who was sacked by the Pistons last month.

"He's an outstanding man with impressive character".

Prior to his appointment with Toronto, he served as head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2005-07. He later back to campus to work as an assistant for Eddie Sutton. Van Gundy held the title of both head coach and president of basketball operations, which will now be overseen by Ed Stefanski. But Toronto couldn't get past Cleveland, losing to LeBron James and the Cavs in each of the past three playoffs, getting swept this year and last year.

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