March 4, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey instructs against the Golden State Warriors during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Raptors 125-118. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Raptors Officially Announce Dwane Casey To Return as Head Coach

While it’s been rumored for a few weeks now that Dwane Casey would return as head coach of the Toronto Raptors, the team officially announced the decision today.

Per Doug Smith:

#Raptors end suspense, announce Dwane Casey to return as coach

New Raptors general manager Massai Ujiri was reportedly fine with keeping Casey, though, expected to make changes on his staff. It’s also been rumored that the Raptors, who will more or less be going through a transitional year are keeping Casey on board to essentially be a sacrificial lamb come next season as Ujiri wasn’t impressed with any coaching candidates that would have been available to the Raptors this offseason.

Casey has spent the past two seasons as coach in Toronto, winning 23 games in the 2011-12 season and a much improved 34 in 2012-13.

Before coming to Toronto, Casey was an assistant with the Dallas Mavericks for three seasons and head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves for a season and a half. Casey won 53 games during his short stay in Minnesota.

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