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The Pistons have hired former Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey.

The team finished with a 59-23 record, which gave Casey a 320-238 record and made him the franchise's winningest coach.

He replaces Stan Van Gundy, who was sacked by the Pistons last month. "He embodies our culture and will be a great representative for our franchise". MI coach John Beilein was a finalist for the job before withdrawing his name from consideration last week and San Antonio Spurs assistant Ime Udoka also was a candidate. "We're getting to work right away on the things that will make us all successful". Or the man who once thought he would one day enter the media world could have finally dabbled in television or radio off the notion that the 2018 Coach of the Year award, as voted by his peers, certainly would have something to add to the bajillion outlets covering sports today.

Detroit acquired Blake Griffin in a blockbuster trade this past season and that wasn't enough to push Detroit into the playoffs. Casey also coached the Timberwolves from 2005-07, where he amassed a 53-69 record.

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.

Under Casey, the Raptors won four Atlantic Division titles and advanced to the playoffs in five consecutive seasons. The Raptors then outplayed the Washington Wizards in the playoffs, but were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Dwane Casey is the Pistons' new coach, the team announced Monday.

Once the Pistons officially hire a coach, Toronto will be left with the league's only coaching vacancy. Among the reported candidates for those jobs are the current Nets executive Trajan Langdon, Stefanski's former Memphis Grizzlies colleague Tayshaun Prince and the broadcaster Brent Barry.