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Team: Toronto Raptors
Age / DOB:  (58) / 4/17/1957

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With their season over, the Toronto Raptos will now decide whether or not to bring back head coach Dwane Casey.
Casey has one more season left on his contract, so general manager Masai Ujiri will have to decide whether to bring the head coach back of fire him. Despite the teams' shortcomings in this year's playoffs, Casey's players have mainly spoken out in support of their coach. "I know Case gets a lot of flak, [but] Case is a great coach," said DeMar DeRozan. "I’ve got to give him credit, he pushes us day in and day out [and] like I said, it could be one little thing. It’s like a Rubik’s Cube—you just got to find the right side to get everything else going." We'll keep an eye on the situation, but Ujiri is known to move deliberately so we may not have immediate clarity on his decision. Apr 28 - 10:33 AM
Source: TSN

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Dwane Casey said he may tweak his starting lineup based on matchups for the final 21 games of the regular-season.

"We’re sneakily doing that with some plays and sets, Pat [Patterson] starting the other night [against the Golden State Warriors] was a semi-experiment. We’re going to do some other things. We’ve still got to get our zone in for those situations, you may see some of that, we’ve got get that in." It sounds like Greivis Vasquez, James Johnson, Patrick Patterson, and Amir Johnson could be filtering in and out of the starting lineup as the Raptors close out the season.

The Raptors have been fined $25,000 for Drake's comments made to Kevin Durant during one of his concerts.

It is due to the league's anti-tampering rules because Drake has an official role with the team as an ambassador. Drake made the following comments at the end of his show, which the league is regarding as a public recruiting pitch: "You know, my brother Kevin Durant was kind enough to come to the show tonight and watch us. I just want him to see what would happen if he came to play in Toronto. Let him know what would happen." Durant then received an ovation from the crowd, which then launched into a KD chant.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Aug 11, 2014 01:45:00 PM

Dwane Casey agreed to a three-year deal with the Raptors on Monday.

Casey and the Raptors took some big steps this season, but fell just short on Sunday in Game 7's loss to the Nets. During the season, they ranked eighth in the NBA for defensive efficiency and a lot of it has to do with Casey maximizing his players in the right scheme. They'll look to bring back Kyle Lowry next season and hope DeMar DeRozan can build off his breakout 2013-14 season.
Mon, May 5, 2014 06:32:00 PM

Dwane Casey said that the competition to play on the second unit is open.

"It's open," Casey said. "We're looking for those spots. We have a lot of people who can step in and take that opportunity." The backup point guard spot has Dwight Buycks competing against D.J. Augustin, and the wings have Austin Daye, Terrence Ross, Steve Novak and Landry Fields vying for minutes. Tyler Hansbrough seems like a lock to be the first big off the bench behind Jonas Valanciunas and Amir Johnson. We'll be watching how Casey handles his bench in the preseason.
Thu, Oct 3, 2013 09:11:00 PM

Dwane Casey said that he wants the Raptors to be a defense-first team.

"I know to win in this league you have to play defense first," Casey said. "To be a playoff team we have to play playoff basketball, and that includes playing defense first, having a defensive focus first and an offensive focus second." The Raptors ranked 18th in field goal percentage allowed, so it's an area in which they could stand to improve. On the other hand, their pace was just 23rd in the NBA, which suggests even if they focus more on defense, it shouldn't affect the team's offensive output since there really can't be much more of a dropoff.
Tue, Jul 16, 2013 10:31:00 AM

The Raptors are making a strong play to hire Bill Bayno away from Timberwolves and add him to Dwane Casey's staff.

Casey still doesn't have his assistant spots full and bringing on Bayno would be a step in the right direction. Bayno was the head coach of Loyala Marymount and UNLV before moving on to his assistant gig with Minnesota.
Fri, Jul 12, 2013 11:44:00 AM

Dwane Casey promised he will make changes to his coaching staff soon.

The Raptors and new GM Masai Ujiri elected to keep Casey for the final year of his contract, but that retainer likely came with some conditions, including making some changes on his staff. Casey didn't put a date on the announced changes, calling them a work in progress, but we're guessing we should have at least an idea by the time summer league play begins.
Thu, Jun 20, 2013 02:19:00 PM

The Raptors announced Wednesday that Dwane Casey will return as coach next season.

There had been speculation regarding Casey's future after new GM Masai Ujiri stopped short of guaranteeing his job security for 2013-14. However, it's clear Ujiri was content with what he heard from Casey in their one-on-one meetings to keep him in place to at least begin the year. It should be noted that Casey has only one year left on his contract and Ujiri likely won't be shy pushing him out the door during or after the season if things go poorly.
Wed, Jun 19, 2013 02:44:00 PM

New GM Masai Ujiri stopped short of guaranteeing Dwane Casey would return as Raptors coach next season.

Two reports suggested the Raptors are likely to keep Casey, and while Ujiri said he doesn't see "any reason why Dwane won't be back," he also said he needs to have a longer conversation with Casey and understand his philosophies as it relates to the players currently on the roster. Ujiri is not being transparent in his initial answers and will work to install his own regime. Casey has one year left on his deal.
Tue, Jun 4, 2013 11:30:00 AM

The Raptors are expected to keep Dwane Casey as head coach, sources confirmed to the Toronto Star.

Casey has already met with new GM Masai Ujiri and MLSE's Tim Leiweke, and he would have likely been already shown the door if he were on his way out. With one year left on his contract and a new regime in place, Casey will enter next season as a lame duck.
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 09:04:00 AM

New Raptors GM Masai Ujiri is expected to keep Dwane Casey on as head coach.

Casey has one year left on his contract. He'll play out the season and then Ujiri will reevaluate the situation. It's not particularly good news for the outlook of Kyle Lowry, who battled with Casey for much of the year. Lowry never appeared comfortable with his role while averaging just 11.6 points and 6.4 assists.
Fri, May 31, 2013 06:28:00 PM

The Raptors are pursuing Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard to "head up" their basketball operations, sources told CBS Sports.

Rumored to have an eye on Phil Jackson originally, the Raptors then reportedly set their sights on Denver GM Masai Ujiri, and now have moved on again, this time to Pritchard. According to Berger, OKC assistant GM Troy Weaver is also on Toronto's radar.
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, May 24, 2013 11:50:00 AM

MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke said Bryan Colangelo will stay with the Raptors as team president, but he will not be general manager.

This is quickly turning into an embarrassing mess for the Raptors. After it was reported Colangelo would move into a corporate role, he'll remain with the team as president, but the new GM will report directly to Leiweke, not Colangelo. The new GM will have final say on draft, trades, contracts and coach, and Colangelo's role will include consulting and "expanding Raptors footprint nationally."
Tue, May 21, 2013 10:49:00 AM

Denver GM Masai Ujiri and Raptors vice-president of basketball operations Ed Stefanski are two candidates to assume control of basketball-related decisions for the Raptors.

The Raptors are going hard after Ujiri and could be prepared to make a lavish offer to him, while Stefanski currently works for the team. The future of head coach Dwane Casey is very much up in the air and a decision on his status will likely be made by whatever candidate replaces Bryan Colangelo, but it's too early to tell what may happen there.
Tue, May 21, 2013 08:44:00 AM