Coach Dwane Casey and Toronto Raptors have agreed to a three-year, $18 million contract extension, according to a league insider.
The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Casey has agreed to deal that would run through the 2018-19 season after declining an option for the 2016-17 season.
Under Casey’s leadership, he Raptors won a franchise-best 56 regular season games and secured the No. 2 seed before qualifying for their first-ever Eastern Conference finals last month. Though the Raptors were outmatched and outclassed by the Cleveland Cavaliers, they showed signs of a resilient team in the best-of-seven series that saw them win Games 3 and 4 at home.
Dwane Casey: Most successful Raptors coach in history
After being humbled by the Cavs, Casey put on his game face and said his team would improve with each passing year. “We’re learning. We’re not where (the Cavaliers) are right now. We’re going to be. I’m so proud of our guys. To go through what they’ve been through, two Game 7 series and a Game 6 series, and a day off in between, they fought through it.
“No excuses (to lose the series), but I think mental fatigue set in a little bit. But we put ourselves in the position of two hard-fought seven-game series, which I know we learned from,” added Casey, after his team lost Game 6 at home last week.
Casey has led Toronto to three consecutive playoff appearances, a feat matched by no other Raptors coach in history. Casey has been instrumental in the development of the all-star backcourt duo of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. According to Wojnarowski, “the Raptors have been working to hold together his coaching staff too, including assistant coaches Andy Greer (Minnesota and New York) and Rex Kalamian (Washington) who are the objects of interest elsewhere, league sources said.”
Dwane Casey, 59, has a win-loss record of 210-184 since joining Toronto in 2011-12. Prior to that, he was assistant coach of the Dallas Mavericks team that won the 2011 NBA title.