Fresh from its franchise best 56 regular season wins and reaching this year’s Eastern Conference Finals, the Toronto Raptors has reportedly reached a new three-year extension for Coach Dwane Casey amounting to $18 million.
Coach Casey still has until 2017 for his contract to end. However, this was essentially replaced by a new three-year deal, which will run until 2019, according to media reports.
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The deal was discussed shortly after Toronto’s season ended with a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals, according to ESPN‘s Marc Stein.
Raptors GM Masai Ujiri promised last week that the deal would get done “in his sleep,” and he worked quickly to make it happen.
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5 Seasons as Raptors Coach
Dwane Casey has been Head Coach for the Toronto Raptors for five seasons, and under his mentorship, the team has improved its winning totals each season, going to three straight playoff appearances.
Coach Casey was also credited with the development of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry into All-Stars players, Yahoo Sports reports.
Dwane Casey finished fifth in the voting for NBA Coach of the Year in 2016.
Before he joined the Raptors franchise after the 2010-2011 season, the team had a win loss record of 26-60.
Casey’s program made the Raptors into a hard-nosed, defensive-minded team that won a franchise-record 48 games in his third season. He has improved upon that number since, according to CBC Sports.
Step ahead in the process
After the Raptors lost to Cleveland in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Casey said, “I really think we’re a step ahead in the process.”
“The players worked and put themselves in this process. We’re still a relatively young team to talk about competing for a championship, but they put themselves in that position by hard work and fighting through things this season.”
“We still have a ways to go, and I’ve said this the whole time, that next step is probably the biggest step we have to take as an organization and as individuals,” Casey said.