The Detroit Pistons may have been making a lot of changes lately, but they’re not alone. With a handful of teams parting ways with their head coaches beginning at the start of the 2023-24 NBA season, many staffs have undergone changes.

It was recently reported that new Los Angeles Lakers head coach JJ Redick had his eye on a member of the Pistons’ front office. Dwane Casey, a former coach, was a candidate for Redick.

It took a while for Casey to decide what he wanted to do, but it looks like he’ll be staying in Detroit. According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, Casey has “withdrawn” his name for consideration in LA.

It took time and the period of indecision meant that Casey considered moving out west to get back into the coaching cycle. According to the report, Casey did not want to uproot his family and leave him in Michigan with the Pistons.

The last time Casey coached, the Pistons finished 17-65. It was clear that Casey was headed to free agency, but he decided to step down and took the opportunity to move into the Pistons’ front office.

When Casey’s time with Detroit ended, he concluded a five-year run. In 384 games, the Pistons went 121-263. They made the playoffs just once, as Casey oversaw much of the Pistons’ rebuild. When he left, he was replaced by Monty Williams.

Since the Lakers are Redick’s first professional coaching job, he can use all the veteran experience he can get. Since Casey has been a coach in the NCAA for ten years and has been in the NBA since 1994, he has more than enough experience to hold down a job as an assistant. The last time he coached as an assistant, Casey was with the Dallas Mavericks organization in 2011.

It’s unclear if coaching is an option for Casey in the future, but it’s clear the Lakers won’t be getting his services. For now, Casey will remain with the Pistons’ front office as they navigate a new era under President of Basketball Operations Trajan Langdon.