On Wednesday afternoon, the Toronto Raptors made the decision to retain head coach Dwane Casey for the 2013-14 season.
Some may surely question the move, especially considering the organization just made a change at the general manager position. However, newly appointed GM Masai Ujiri is going to keep Casey around for a third season. A 57-91 record in two seasons at the helm is certainly not the direction that Toronto wants, but let’s glance at the team’s expectations for next season.
Are the Raptors going to win a NBA Championship in 2014? Probably not.
In Casey’s first season at the helm the team won 23 games in a lockout-shortened season. They increased that mark by 11 this past season and although 34 wins in nothing to gloat about considering the schedule went back to 82 games this past season, there were signs of improvement.
There are some hot names still on the open market, mainly Lionel Hollins and Brian Shaw, but neither are heading north of the border if the Raptors freed up their head coaching position. Therefore, Toronto can gamble here and keep Casey around for a third year. Let DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay grow a bit more together and see where things stand. Plus, it’ll be interesting to see if the team makes a move with Andrea Bargnini this summer.
So, who knows what their expectations are going to be, but Ujiri is a good GM and it’s a move here that doesn’t have much repercussions at this point. Let Casey proves his worth next season. If not, no harm done, expectations in Toronto aren’t changing at this time.
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