Former Toronto Raptors coach and Kentucky Wildcat Dwane Casey might not be out of a job for much longer.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Casey interviewed for the head coaching position with the Detroit Pistons on Thursday.
ESPN story on coach Dwane Casey meeting with the Detroit Pistons today. https://t.co/4SsfoFTbZp
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 31, 2018
Casey led the Raptors to a franchise-record 59 victories and the No. 1 overall seed in the East this past year. He was also named NBA Coach of the Year by his peers in the National Basketball Coaches Association.
Despite the incredible run in the regular season, Casey couldn’t get over the hump in the postseason yet again, losing in the Eastern Conference Semifinals to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers by way of series sweep. It was the third consecutive time the Cavs have knocked the Raptors out of the playoffs, and the Toronto administration was ready for a change of scenery.
Though Casey would be perfect for the job in Detroit, where he’d have plenty of flexibility and pieces to work with going forward, he has some competition from a very interesting and familiar name.
Wojnarowski also reports Michigan’s John Beilein is meeting with the Pistons for the same position.
ESPN story on Michigan’s John Beilein meeting with Detroit Pistons on coaching job. https://t.co/ruCCMRYKAY
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 1, 2018
Beilein has led the Wolverines to two NCAA title games, including one this past year. (He’s not really runner-up in 2013 anymore, either.)
Let’s hope the Pistons were blown away with the former Cat and pull the trigger on Casey in the very near future. The game is better with him in it.