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Toronto Raptors' Dwane Casey fired two days after he's named Coach of the Year

The Raptors had their best record (59-23) and a No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference in this year's playoffs, but lost for the third consecutive year to the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers.


Kahron Spearman


The Toronto Raptors have decided to relieve head coach Dwane Casey of his duties, after seven years at the position.

 

The Raptors had their best record (59-23) and a No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference in this year's playoffs, but lost for the third consecutive year to the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers.

 

Two consecutive sweeps to Cleveland likely led to his dismissal, though he just won a coach of the year award from his peers.

 

Raptors president Masai Ujiri thanked Casey for his service.

After careful consideration, I have decided this is a very difficult but necessary step the franchise must take.

"As a team, we are constantly trying to grow and improve in order to get to the next level," Uriji said. "We celebrate everything Dwane has done for the organization, we thank him, and we wish him nothing but the best in the future. He was instrumental in creating the identity and culture of who we are as a team, and we are so proud of that."

 

Instantly, the first question for Uriji is, who exactly they can get to come in and lead the team, presumably past Cleveland? Secondly, what will the Raptors do with a fairly talented roster that includes All-Stars DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry?

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