There it is, the news: as per reports from Adrian Wojnarowski at ESPN, the Raptors have decided to fire head coach Dwane Casey.
Toronto has fired coach Dwane Casey, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 11, 2018
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.