Ku’s Ball Room: Detroit Pistons hire Dwane Casey

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The Pistons move means that there's only one vacant head coaching job left in the National Basketball Association - with the Raptors.

The Detroit Pistons are hiring Dwane Casey to be their next head coach, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The only coaching vacancy remaining belongs to the Toronto Raptors, and its their out-bound head coach filling the penultimate one.

Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey points against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Monday, May 7, 2018, in Cleveland.

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Detroit moved into a new downtown arena last season, but with the exception of some brief success after trading for Griffin, the team didn't create much buzz.

Casey, who is from Morganfield, Kentucky, played for the Wildcats and helped them win the 1978 NCAA title and began his coaching career the next year as a graduate assistant under Joe B. Hall. With the offseason officially starting after the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers for the NBA Championship, it was time for the Pistons to pull the trigger.

The all-time winningest coach in Raptors history, Casey led Toronto to the franchise's first 50-win season in 2015-16, recorded 50-plus wins in each of the last three seasons and posted a franchise-record 59 wins and the top seed in the Eastern Conference in 2017-18. He also has experience in the league as an assistant with Dallas and Seattle.

The 61-year-old Casey lands with a team that Stan Van Gundy led to one playoff appearance in four years, inheriting a roster with Blake Griffin's huge contract and Andre Drummond that finished 39-43 this year.

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