The Detroit Pistons launched the search for a new head coach Monday when the organization officially announced that Dwane Casey has resigned to transition into a new role in the front office.
The Pistons only had 17 wins during the 2022-2023 regular season. It was the team’s second-worst season in franchise history. The team had one less victory during the 1979-1980 season. Casey has coached Detroit for the past five years, but has only made the playoffs once.
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«Dwane Casey has done everything we’ve asked of him since the beginning of our partnership, both as a coach and as a great mentor and person,» Pistons team owner Tom Gores said in a statement. «Our organization and the youth he has been leading are very fortunate to have had his guidance and support. We are grateful for his steady hand as head coach during these important years of development, and we are excited to have his wisdom and experience in the front office as we enter the next phase.»
«Dwane joined us as an experienced and successful coach, ready to lead a veteran team, but as we adjusted as an organization to rebuild around a younger core, he fully accepted the decision. I couldn’t have asked for anything more, and I «I am very proud of Dwane and our players. The youth he has been teaching and guiding are very fortunate to have had his leadership and direction. He has protected their hearts and spirits and instilled in them the necessary work ethic and desire to achieve greatness.»
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The Pistons hired Casey after he led the Toronto Raptors to three straight 50-win seasons. The year he first coached the Pistons (2018-2019) was the same year Toronto won the NBA Finals with Kawhi Leonard.
Detroit went 41-41 in his first season, but never won more than 23 games after that.
“I’m excited about what we’ve done, the culture and the foundation we’ve built,” Casey said in a statement. «It’s been a good 44 years. Tom [Gores] It’s given me the opportunity to move into the front office and I’m excited about that, to move into the next phase of my life.»
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Pistons general manager Troy Weaver will lead the coaching search. The next leader is likely to find himself in a situation where Detroit could take first or second in the NBA Draft.