During his tenure in Toronto, which began in 2011, Casey led the Raptors to five straight playoff appearances, four Atlantic Division titles and three consecutive 50-win seasons.
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. 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 recently hired the former Nets general manager Ed Stefanski to lead their search for new front-office executives.
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With the Pistons, Casey has a lot of work to do. The NBA coach of the year finalist was sacked shortly after Toronto was swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers with one year remaining on a three-year, $18 million dollar extension. 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. If healthy, the Pistons do potentially have an intriguing nucleus with Griffin, Jackson and Andre Drummond.
Casey is the front-runner for the NBA's coach of the year award to be presented later this month. Having spent many hours with Dwane over the last few weeks, I'm confident he is the right person to get us to the next level.
Casey coached seven years in Toronto, making the playoffs the past five.