Pistons' Tom Gores on Dwane Casey: Great communicator who'll connect with players


Dwane Casey has agreed on a five-year deal to become the coach of the Pistons, according to ESPN.

Earlier this year, the Raptors celebrated their 300th win under Casey, who also helped pave the way to their first-place finish in the Eastern Conference. But they were swept in the second by Cleveland and LeBron James, the third year in a row they have been eliminated by the Cavaliers. He posted a 320-238 record in seven seasons and is the franchise's winningest coach.

Detroit is rebuilding its franchise, hiring both Stefanski and now Casey to replace former team president and coach Stan Van Gundy.

Some Detroit Pistons fans have been very critical of Tom Gores for taking so long to find a head coach and general manager. MI coach John Beilein was a finalist for the job before withdrawing his name from consideration last week and San Antonio Spurs assistant Ime Udoka also was a candidate. This past season, Detroit traded for All-Star forward Blake Griffin, who they are hoping to build their roster around alongside Andre Drummond. Last month, he was named the Coach of the Year by the National Basketball Coaches Association. My thoughts on Casey and the team moving forward in the video above!

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Under Casey, the Raptors won four Atlantic Division titles and advanced to the playoffs in five consecutive seasons.

Prior to his appointment with Toronto, he served as head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2005-07.

He also spent three seasons (2008-11) as an assistant with Dallas under Rick Carlisle where he directed the club's defense and helped lead the Mavericks to the 2011 NBA Championship.