The NBA’s coaching carousel took another spin on Friday morning, as the Toronto Raptors are reportedly parting ways with head coach Dwane Casey, who had been with the team for seven seasons.
The news was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski:
Toronto has fired coach Dwane Casey, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 11, 2018
Casey was recently voted the Coach of the Year by the NBCA and is considered a front-runner for the NBA’s Coach of the Year award. He guided the Raptors to a franchise record 59 wins this season, earning the top seed in the Eastern Conference. The team was recently swept in the second round of the playoffs by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Interestingly enough, Toronto’s President Masai Ujiri also fired George Karl after Karl was named Coach of the Year in 2013 with the Denver Nuggets, when Ujiri was the Executive VP of that franchise.
The Raptors made the playoffs in five of Casey’s seven seasons as head coach.