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RUMOR: Former Raptors coach Dwane Casey frontrunner for Detroit Pistons job

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The Detroit Pistons have circled back for second interviews with former Toronto Raptors boss Dwane Casey and University of Michigan head coach John Beilein, but the NBA pedigree might just give the former the edge as the frontrunner for the job.

via Rod Beard of The Detroit News:

“I’m getting more and more indications that Dwayne Casey is the clubhouse leader to get the Pistons coaching job,” wrote Beard. “Michigan fans might get their wish.”

Pistons owner Tom Gores has effectively cleaned house, first parting ways with former head coach and president Stan Van Gundy and then with general manager Jeff Bower, installing a brand new regime and a new mindset that will now separate the front office from the coaching duties.

Detroit is hoping to find a coach prior to the start of the NBA Draft, given that the coach will want some sense of direction to select a prospect that can help this new era at the Little Caesars Arena.

Casey met an abrupt end with the Raptors after his team was swept out of the postseason two years in a row, despite boasting the best record in the Eastern Conference this past season.

Beilein brought the Michigan Wolverines to the NCAA Championship Game, losing against the Villanova Wildcats after a stellar performance off the bench from Donte DiVincenzo, the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player/

The Pistons are likely to pull the trigger as soon as this week, if not within the next day, hoping to get the gears turning before the draft process gets underway.