The Toronto Raptors offseason has begun early, as Doug Smith of The Toronto Star reports that head coach Dwane Casey and the Raptors have agreed to a 3-year contract extension.
Raptors have agreement in principle with Dwane Casey on a three-year deal, according to sources
— Doug Smith: Raptors (@SmithRaps) May 5, 2014
Dwane Casey was brought on by then Raptors’ GM Brian Colangelo in 2011 as the head coach of the team, he finished his first two seasons with a sub .500 record (23-43 in 2011, 34-48 in 2012). Going into his final contract season, Dwane Casey was able to turn it the franchise around and have his first winning season as a head coach, leading the Raptors into their first postseason appearance in 6 seasons.
Many of the players have expressed their approval of coach Dwane Casey and have expressed their desire to have him back next season. With Dwane Casey, the Raptors won the Atlantic Division with a 48-34 record this season, for the 2nd time in franchise history, and as a result the coach finished 5th in NBA coach of the year voting.
Dwane Casey will be just the 2nd Raptors head coach to have a 4-year tenure with the franchise, joining former Raptors coach of the year, Sam Mitchell.