The Toronto Raptors have fired head coach Dwane Casey after seven seasons with the team. Casey was named the National Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year for the 2017-2018 season. Casey was informed of the news on Friday morning.
Toronto has fired coach Dwane Casey, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 11, 2018
The Raptors were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round in back-to-back seasons, this year as the No. 1 seed. They had previously beaten the Washington Wizards in the first round of the Eastern conference playoffs, 4-2.
Hired by the Raptors in 2011, Casey was the most successful coach in Toronto’s franchise history. Despite improving the Raptors’ record in six of seven seasons in Toronto, Casey struggled to bring his team deep into the postseason.
The Raptors set a franchise record with 59 wins this past season, but failed to make it past the second round of the playoffs. Toronto went 320-238 under Casey, who still has one year left on his contract.
Casey will most likely be a top candidate for open head coach positions in the league.