Dwane Casey has heard it already and he knows that over the course of the next year he will hear it dozens times more. He is in the final year of his contract as coach of the Raptors a team that brought in a new general manager Masai Ujiri. His two-year mark with Toronto (57-91) is unimpressive leaving open the possibility that in a time in which owners are changing coaches as often as socks Casey could be next up on the firing line. At this Casey shrugs. “Everyone’s on a year-to-year contract” Casey told Sporting News from his home in Seattle. “I don’t care who you are we all are. I am going to coach the same as if I had a 10-year contract or a one-year contract. I can’t get caught up in that. … The good thing about it is I have a good relationship with Masai. He is originally from Seattle he went to high school there. So I have known him for a long time. In the end I am going to be judged by how we improve. I am not going to spend a waking moment worrying about my contract.” Casey of course would like an extension. To earn that he will probably need to get Toronto into the playoffs and a scan of the Raptors’ roster compared with the rest of the East shows that’s entirely possible. But Casey is going to need luck and drastic improvement from three prominent wing players to get there. In fact a closer look at last year shows that the Raptors were not all that bad once they got through the first quarter of last season. Casey said that was because the team had a hard time finding its identity early on. In Casey’s first year the team had gone from 30th in defensive efficiency to 14th but in doing so had seen the offense plummet to 29th in efficiency.
In critical contract year, Raptors' Casey looks for outside improvement
Sporting News | Aug 21