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Raptors agree to hire Dwane Casey as coach

Posted on: June 20, 2011 8:38 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2011 9:17 pm
The Toronto Raptors have agreed to hire Dwane Casey as the team's next coach. Posted by Ben Golliver. dwane-casey

The Toronto Raptors have reportedly settled on their new head coach just days before the 2011 NBA Draft.

On Friday, we noted that Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Dwane Casey had reportedly established himself as the favorite to coach the Raptors.

On Monday, reported that the Raptors and Casey have "reached an agreement in principle." The Toronto Star and the Dallas Morning News both reported that Casey could be introduced as the team's next head coach as early as Tuesday.'s Ken Berger confirms that the Raptors and Casey have reached an agreement in principle.

Casey's only head coaching experience came with the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 seasons, when he went 53-69. He has had his name floated many times in recent years for head coaching positions, but he's never been able to seal the deal. Most recently, the Golden State Warriors elected to hire Mark Jackson after giving Casey consideration.

In Toronto, Casey inherits a mish-mashed roster with young talent that has yet to fully form and has struggled mightily on the defensive end. He will replace former Raptors coach Jay Triano, who was shifted into a consulting role by GM Bryan Colangelo a few weeks back.

The timing of Casey's hire means he will likely have input on who the Raptors select with the No. 5 overall pick in Thursday's draft. He is known for preaching defense, so players like Kawhi Leonard and Bismack Biyombo could get a bump in Toronto's eyes.

Boston Celtics assistant coach Lawrence Frank was also reportedly a finalist for the Raptors head coaching position.

Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: June 21, 2011 9:33 am

Raptors agree to hire Dwane Casey as coach

Good luck, Dwane (A member of the Kentucky 1978 Nat'l Championship team) You'll need it.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: June 21, 2011 9:17 am

Raptors agree to hire Dwane Casey as coach

One trend I am liking in the NBA is teams finally starting to figure out that they can't win if they don't play both ends of the floor, and so some defensive minded guys are getting hired as head coaches.  I hope this hire turns out to be as good as ones like it so that the trend will continue and teams will stop overpaying for the likes of Ben Gordon and Carmello Anthony, who play half the game.

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: June 21, 2011 7:26 am

Raptors agree to hire Dwane Casey as coach

We love you, Dwane! (From Sonics fans everywhere)... Good luck in Toronto!

Since: Jun 12, 2011
Posted on: June 21, 2011 6:17 am

Raptors agree to hire Dwane Casey as coach

As a Sonics fan, I have alway's believed in Dwane. He spent a ton of time under Nate McMillen, who I believe is a top coach. Working with Carlie has been another positive in his coaching journey. My fear is that he has stepped into another bad situation. In Minny, he was replaced to quickly and it showed with their record the reat of that year. In Toronto It's going to be tough to revive that franchise with no star. Unless you have a super star in the NBA you belong in the Minors. 

Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: June 21, 2011 5:49 am

Raptors agree to hire Dwane Casey as coach

good hire will bring sum of mavs team defensive philosophy..raps can score avg 99ppg but gave up 105ppg to opp..casey challege is to get young athletic team to think def first

Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: June 21, 2011 4:00 am

Stop making excuses for Raptors based on payroll

This past season the Chicago Bulls had the 5th lowst payroll in the NBA and well below that of the Raptors. Also below Toonto was Oklahoma City, At the same level as Toronto was San Antonio. Denver, Portland and Memphis were at or below the Raptors in payroll.

The Raptors have been awful not because of payroll but because of some terrible decisions about how to spend money. Despite having close to a league average payroll the Raptors had holes just about everywhere in their lineup. Bargnani doesn't rebound or defend well enough to be a center, Calderon can't play defense, and with the exception of DeRozan, and perhaps, down the road, Davis, everyone else looks like a role player. Spending close to $20 million a year on Calderon and Bargnani doesn't cut it.

Since: Jun 15, 2011
Posted on: June 21, 2011 2:57 am
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Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: June 20, 2011 10:33 pm

Raptors agree to hire Dwane Casey as coach

Who cares? He'll be fired after a couple of years of losing. It's the Raptors. We fired Sam Mitchell, who won coach of the year. Is there some big free agent coming to Toronto that I haven't heard that would make me believe otherwise? Ya, didn't think so. Unless there is a HARD cap in the NBA in this next CBA, there will never be parody and no chance for teams like the Raps, Wolves, Sixers and on and on.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: June 20, 2011 10:17 pm

Raptors agree to hire Dwane Casey as coach

A good hire. Here is hoping he can get the raptors on track. Not sure Leanard or Biyombo should be #5 picks though.

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