Pistons hire ex-Raps coach Casey

Dwane Casey

Casey was sacked by the Raptors a month ago despite leading the team to a franchise-best 59 wins this past regular season. 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.

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 was sacked on May 11 with one year remaining on his contract at a reported $6.5 million.

Casey posted a 320-238 (.573) overall record as Raptors coach.

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 coached seven years in Toronto, making the playoffs the past five.

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Prior to his appointment with Toronto, he served as head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2005-07. Promoted to associate head coach in November 2000, nine of his teams in Seattle finished above.500 with five winning 50 or more games. He also has experience in the league as an assistant with Dallas and Seattle. His defensive unit held opponents to 96.0 points per game (6th in the NBA) and.450 percent shooting from the field (8th in the NBA) during the 2010-11 regular season.

Casey is getting his third shot to lead an National Basketball Association team.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the news Monday, saying it's a 5-year deal.

A native of Morganfield, KY, Casey played collegiately at the University of Kentucky.

Casey earned a degree in business administration in 1979.

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