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Dwane Casey, Detroit Pistons agree to 5-year deal

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Cassandra Castillo | 11 June, 2018, 23:56

Casey was given a five-year deal to lead the Pistons, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team didn't release the terms of the contract.

The Pistons interviewed several candidates for the job, including MI basketball coach John Beilein, TNT's Kenny Smith and Spurs assistant Ime Udoka.

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.

The Detroit Pistons have a new head coach, despite the fact the team doesn't have a general manager or team president. "You got Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson, so you've got some good pieces there in Detroit".

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.

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In 14 seasons as an National Basketball Association assistant, Casey's teams registered a 689-427 (.617) mark with eight campaigns of 50 or more wins. Casey was sacked on May 11 with one year remaining on his contract at a reported $6.5 million.

Prior to his appointment with Toronto, he served as head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2005-07. Toronto won four Atlantic Division titles during Casey's tenure.

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.

However, Toronto fell for the third straight season to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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