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Detroit Pistons finalizing extension for coach Dwane Casey

Mar 15, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons head coach Dwane Casey directs his team during the second quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Despite owning the second-worst record in the NBA, the Detroit Pistons are reportedly finalizing a contract extension for coach Dwane Casey.

Casey has two seasons remaining on his five-year, $35 million deal and reports say that pact will be extended through the 2023-24 campaign.

The Pistons are 20-50 this season with two games remaining.

Overall, Casey has an 81-137 record in three seasons with Detroit. He went 41-41 and guided the team into the playoffs during the 2018-19 season before the club went 20-46 last season.

Published accounts say Casey is well regarded by owner Tom Gores and general manager Troy Weaver. Turning free agent-signee Jerami Grant into an offensive force — Grant’s 22.3 average is more than double his career average — is another development that earned him respect with upper management.

Casey, 64, has a career record of 454-444 and his previous stints include 1 1/2 seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves and seven with the Toronto Raptors.

Casey led Toronto to the playoffs in five straight seasons before being dismissed following the 2017-18 campaign. He was named Coach of the Year that season after leading the Raptors to a franchise-best 59-23 regular-season record.

–Field Level Media