The Detroit Pistons have a new head coach. The former Toronto Raptors coach was fired by the team following a second consecutive series sweep to the Cleveland Cavaliers. In seven seasons, Casey reached the playoffs five times — including the franchise’s first conference finals — and won 50-plus regular-season games in each of his final three seasons. Casey has agreed to a five-year deal, which will average about $7 million per year.
The Pistons stayed aggressive in pursuit of Casey, and closed on a deal Monday morning to land the franchise’s primary coaching target. Owner Tom Gores and senior adviser Ed Stefanski sold Casey with an aggressive contractual commitment and a case that together, they could make the Pistons a perennial playoff team in the Eastern Conference. The team has been building their roster around All-Star forward Blake Griffin, whom they acquired in a February trade from the LA Clippers.
Casey, 61, the presumptive NBA coach of the year, led the Toronto Raptors to a franchise-record 59-win season, the No. 1 seed in the East and a berth in the conference semifinals.
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