The Detroit Pistons finally have their new head coach.
That man is Dwane Casey, officially hired by the team Monday.
“Dwane is one of the most successful and highly respected coaches in our league,” Pistons owner Tom Gores said in a statement. “He’s a great communicator and a leader who will connect with our players and accelerate their growth. 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.”
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported the team and Casey agreed to five-year deal.
“I’m confident that this team has the pieces in place to compete at a very high level,” Casey said. “There is a lot of talent, a solid core and some exciting young players eager to get better. We’re getting to work right away on the things that will make us all successful.”
Casey was fired as head coach by the Toronto Raptors after the team was eliminated in the playoffs by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for a third consecutive season this spring.
The 61-year-old Casey, the presumptive NBA coach of the year, led the Raptors to a franchise-record 59-win season and the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.
In seven seasons, Casey led Toronto to the playoffs five times, including the franchise’s first conference finals, and won more than 50regular-season games in each of his final three seasons.
The Pistons will introduce Casey at a press conference next week.