The Detroit Pistons launched their seek for a brand new head coach on Monday because the group formally introduced that Dwane Casey stepped all the way down to transition into a brand new position within the entrance workplace.
The Pistons solely had 17 wins in the course of the 2022-2023 common season. It was the staff’s second-worst season in franchise historical past. The staff had one fewer win in the course of the 1979-1980 season. Casey coached Detroit for the final 5 years however solely made the playoffs one time.
“Dwane Casey has completed all the pieces we requested of him for the reason that starting of our partnership, each as a coach and an amazing mentor and particular person,” Pistons staff proprietor Tom Gores stated in a press release. “Our group and the younger males he has been main are very lucky to have had his steerage and assist. We’re grateful for his regular hand as head coach throughout these essential improvement years, and we’re excited to have his knowledge and expertise within the entrance workplace as we enter the subsequent section.”
“Dwane joined us as an skilled and profitable coach prepared to steer a veteran staff, however after we made changes as a company to rebuild round a youthful core he absolutely embraced the choice. I could not have requested for something extra, and I am very happy with Dwane and our gamers. The younger males he has been educating and guiding are very lucky to have had his management and route. He is protected their hearts and their spirit and instilled in them the work ethic and need required to succeed in greatness.”
The Pistons employed Casey after he led the Toronto Raptors to a few straight 50-win seasons. The yr he first coached the Pistons (2018-2019) was the identical yr Toronto received the NBA Finals with Kawhi Leonard.
Detroit was 41-41 in his first season however by no means received greater than 23 video games after that.
“I’m excited for what we’ve completed, the tradition and basis that we’ve constructed,” Casey stated in a press release. “It’s been a very good 44 years. Tom [Gores] has given me the chance to maneuver into the entrance workplace and I’m enthusiastic about it, to go to the subsequent section of my life.”
Pistons basic supervisor Troy Weaver will lead the teaching search. The subsequent chief will probably come right into a state of affairs the place Detroit may very well be choosing first or second within the NBA Draft.