Raptors fire Dwane Casey as head coach

Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter:

Hours after Ujiri told Casey his seven-year tenure with the team was over, the price paid for being swept by Cleveland in the second round of the playoffs for the second consecutive season, the team president fought back tears in a news conference Friday.

"After careful consideration, I have decided this is a very hard but necessary step the franchise must take", said Ujiri in a written statement reported by numerous news organizations.

More will be made clear of the Raptors situation in the coming days and weeks as this probably won't be the last move the team will make in order to try and better themselves for another run at the East's throne next season.

"We celebrate everything Dwane has done for the organisation, we thank him, and we wish him nothing but the best in future".

Assistant coach Nick Nurse and Raptors 905 (G-League) head coach Jerry Stackhouse are other possible candidates. That included at least 48 wins in each of the past five seasons and a franchise-record 59 wins this season.

Although it can not be denied that Casey has brought regular-season success to Drake's favorite National Basketball Association team, Casey's lack of any real success in the playoffs, and inability to get past LeBron year after year, ultimately led the team to show him the door.

According to the Canadian Press, "Casey was sacked two days after winning the Michael H. Goldberg coach of the year award, which is handed out by the National Basketball Coaches Association". Was this yet another head coach who got fired because of the dominance of LeBron James? Of course, the players deserve most of the credit, but it'd be ignorant to say Casey didn't play a role. That prompted the Raptors to hire Casey in June 2011.

The news was first reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. He admitted the series made him question the voice for the team, whether the team was just doing the same thing over and over, and finally accepted that a change was necessary.

"We felt like we could possibly make the NBA Finals", Lowry said. Cleveland's offense isn't exactly a Rubik's Cube of complexity, yet Casey's defense - the strength of his teams through the years - surrendered 118.5 points per game, including a whopping 128 in the second-round Game 4 eliminator. We had some success in the postseason and I've had a lot of success in the postseason.

Casey departs with one season left on his contract valued at an estimated $6 million.

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