Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey is not the man newly hired general manager Masai Ujiri chose to lead his team. That means Ujiri could decide to fire Casey in order to bring in former Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl.
Typically, newly hired general managers are uncomfortable with a head coach they did not hire taking the reins. There is a reason why the previous general manager was fired and that was because the team he built did not perform at a high level. Therefore, new executives like to clear house so they are not responsible for a team that was not completely theirs in the first place.
Since Casey only has one year left on his contract, it has been reported that Ujiri has no intentions of firing the coach. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for his staff as the entire organization is getting a complete overhaul.
I believe Ujiri is making a huge mistake by not getting rid of Casey. The entire purpose of bringing in Ujiri to clear house is so the Raptors can start a new chapter. Casey has never led a team to an above .500 record in four years coaching the Minnesota Timberwolves and Toronto. He was a part of the Dallas Mavericks 2011 NBA Championship team as an assistant, but he has yet to accomplish much as a head coach.
Firing Casey would be a very wise decision, but it should only be done if Karl wants to come to Toronto. Obviously, the 2013 NBA Coach of the Year will have several other options that would give him a better shot at going the distance next season. However, there is no question Ujiri and Karl have a special relationship that equals success.
Ujiri stands by his statement to keep Casey on as head coach for at least one more season. However, if the Raptors do not improve on their 34-48 record, or Casey does not make the changes asked of him, then Ujiri could be starting off his new job on the wrong foot. Toronto expects big things from the team next season, but they will need a good head coach to accomplish their goals.