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Pistons sign Dwane Casey to five-year deal

A league source says the deal will average $7 million per year.


Kahron Spearman


Dwane Casey, the presumptive NBA coach of the year, has agreed to a five-year deal to become the next coach of the Detroit Pistons, according to ESPN. 

 

Per Detroit Free Press reports that a league source says the deal will average $7 million per year.

 

The early favorite going into the running, and owner Tom Gores and senior adviser Ed Stefanski went for the aggressive sell on Casey, believing a look Pistons with him at the helm would make Detroit, a contender in the East.

Dwane is one of the most successful and highly respected coaches in our league,” - Pistons owner Tom Gores. "In our meetings he displayed great insight into what this roster can accomplish, and great passion about our city and the teams role in bringing people together.


via statement from Pistons

The Pistons want to continue building the roster around All-Star Blake Griffin, whom they traded for in February. Casey plans to meet with players in Los Angeles, where many of them live and work out during the summer.  

 

He led the Toronto Raptors to a franchise-record 59-win season this season, the No. 1 seed in the East. However, they lost to the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers, in a second consecutive sweep.

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