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Report: Raptors fire head coach Dwane Casey

According to Woj, the news has finally come: Dwane’s time in Toronto is at an end.

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There it is, the news: as per reports from Adrian Wojnarowski at ESPN, the Raptors have decided to fire head coach Dwane Casey.

It had been reported that the team was leaning towards making a coaching change, as per TSN. Then Casey won the NBCA Coach of the Year award, which sounded like it could have been a stay of execution.

And of course, Casey had to address the matter a bit in his end of year presser (which you can watch here). He would have entered the 2018-19 season on the final year of his contract, with $6 million remaining.

In one sense, it’s not a surprise, after seven years, that Toronto would want to go another way with their coaching position. Casey had a good run with the team — in fact, he’s the best coach the franchise has ever had. But eventually a change is needed, I guess.

Ah well. Good luck and godspeed out there Dwane.

UPDATE: It’s official, via the official press release.