On Friday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Michigan men’s basketball coach John Beilein was interviewed for the Detroit Pistons coaching job. Since then, talks between the Pistons and Beilein have picked up, according to Wojnarowski.
However, while the Pistons are seriously considering Beilein, a new report suggests that the Michigan coach is not the front-runner for the job.
According to a report by The Detroit News’ Rod Beard, former Toronto Raptors coach Dwayne Casey is the leader to land the coaching job with Detroit.
— Rod Beard (@detnewsRodBeard) June 5, 2018
Casey — who was named NBA Coach of the Year this season — led the Raptors to the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference with a record of 59-23. However, Casey was fired after the Raptors were swept by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the NBA Playoffs.
Casey and Beilein aren’t the only two candidates for the position, as San Antonio Spurs assistant Ime Udoka also has his name in the fold.
Beard’s report would be great news for Michigan fans. Beilein has proved to be one of the best coaches in all of college basketball, and he is coming off a run to the National Championship Game for the second time in five years.
Beilein does not have any experience coaching in the NBA. In his college coaching career, he has an overall record of 724-418 and a record of 248-143 since joining Michigan in 2007. He has gone 24-12 in the NCAA Tournament.