Bryan Colangelo categorically denies he made any attempt to fire coach Dwane Casey during the NBA season.

In a text message response to columnist Steve Simmons, who reported in Wednesday’s Toronto Sun that Colangelo had tried to oust Casey during the season, the Raptors general manager wrote: “Your speculation about me trying to fire DC this year is absolutely false. Your ‘insiders’ are not accurate.”

Colangelo asked that the matter be cleared up.

This was not the first time this season the thought of Casey being fired had been reported and not the first time Colangelo has vehemently denied it. But nerves are particularly raw at this time of year: