Masai Ujiri: Dwane Casey will be retained as Raptors coach

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

Dwane Casey will be back as the Raptors coach for 2013-14. (USATSI)
Dwane Casey will be back as the Raptors coach for 2013-14.(USATSI)

With the Toronto Raptors reassigning Bryan Colangelo to the business side of things and hiring 2013 Executive of the Year Masai Ujiri to reshape the franchise, there have been a lot of quick changes within the organization. Ujiri got rid of Ed Stefanski as the vice president of the basketball side of things and let go of head scout Maury Hanks as well.

Many wondered if coach Dwane Casey and the assistant staff would be the next to go as Ujiri tries to put his own imprint on the team. The Raptors announced on Wednesday that Casey would, in fact, come back for the final year of his contract and coach the team this coming season. An announcement on the assistant coaches has yet to be made but will be in the future.

Toronto Raptors President and General Manager, Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri announced Wednesday that Head Coach Dwane Casey will return for the 2013-14 season.

“I'm excited about moving forward and growing this team with Coach Casey,” said Ujiri.

Casey is in the final year of a contract extension signed following the 2011-12 campaign.

An announcement will be made in the future regarding the club's assistant coaching staff.

Casey has coached the team to record of 57-91 over his two seasons with the club. The Raptors were thought to be a potential sleeper for challenging for the final playoff spot in the East this past season, but injuries and poor defense plagued them for much of the year.

In his first season with the Raptors, Casey helped improve the team's defense from 30th in the NBA in 2010-11 to 12th in the league. The team gave up 8.5 fewer points per 100 possessions under the former defensive wizard on Rick Carlisle's coaching staff with the 2011 Dallas Mavericks that won the NBA title. However, last season we saw a regression in the Raptors' defense. Their defensive efficiency dropped 3.2 points per 100 possessions and they found themselves 22nd in the NBA.

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