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This was supposed to finally be the year for the Toronto Raptors. But it didn’t happen and coach Dwane Casey could potentially be on his way out.
According to a report from TSN.ca, the Raptors are strongly leaning toward making a coaching change. Whether that’s firing Casey or just mutually parting ways apparently has yet to be determined, but all signs seem to be pointing to Casey not returning next season.
The Raptors finished 59-23 and secured the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. They looked poised to dethrone LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who needed seven games to beat the Indiana Pacers in the first round.
All season we read and heard about how this Raptors squad was different, how their deep bench was going to cause the Cavs problems and how guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan were going to overcome their past demons and outshine James.
None of those things transpired, though, as once again James proved he has a mental edge over this Raptors squad and it doesn’t seem to matter who you pair with him.
The Cavs swept the Raptors in the Eastern Conference semifinals to advance to yet another conference finals and now Toronto faces a bevy of burning questions moving forward.
Do you trade Lowry, DeRozan and Serge Ibaka, three players who always come up short in the playoffs and are owed a bunch of money over the next few years? It’s sure an idea Raptors president Masai Ujiri has to think about — but it appears, for now, Ujiri first wants to address the coaching situation.
The highly regarded Casey has been with the Raptors since 2011. He has compiled a regular season record of 320-238, but is just 21-30 in the postseason.