Despite going into the postseason as the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, the Toronto Raptors were swept by LeBron James’ Cavaliers in the semifinals.
Now, the team is making changing, announcing that they have fired coach Dwane Casey after seven seasons, the team announced on Friday (May 11).
The postseason exit was the Raptors’ second consecutive 0-4 second-round series against the Cavs, which led to the decision to relieve Casey of his duties as head coach.
For Casey, he leaves as the most successful coach in franchise history and with one year left on his contract. He was also just named the coach of the year.
“After careful consideration, I have decided this is a very difficult but necessary step the franchise must take,” Raptors president Masai Ujiri said in a statement. “As a team, we are constantly trying to grow and improve in order to get to the next level. We celebrate everything Dwane has done for the organization, we thank him, and we wish him nothing but the best in the future. He was instrumental in creating the identity and culture of who we are as a team, and we are so proud of that.”
Casey led the Raptors to a franchise record 59 wins this season, while earning the East’s No. 1 seed. He also led the team to improved records in six of his seven seasons with the team.
It’s unclear who they plan to bring in to replace Casey, but according to ESPN, Toronto will consider assistant Nick Nurse and G League coach Jerry Stackhouse, as well as former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer.