Toronto Raptors' Dwane Casey voted coach of the year by his peers

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"In the regular season there was good success", Ujiri said.

"Goldberg NBCA Coach of the Year Award for the top NBA Coach as voted by his peers is one of the most meaningful in all of pro sports", Carlisle said in a release. "I believe he's one of the best coaches out there". Casey earned high marks for reconfiguring his team's playing style to fit the pace-and-space era and developing one of the deepest rosters in the league this year.

Casey struck an optimistic tone about the past season, saying he was proud of the structural changes the team had made on offence and defence. The Raptors have always been a bit of a disappointment in the postseason. "The playoffs is when management of expectations gets harder".

Those sweeps might have been the last straw.

It's not that the Toronto Raptors were eliminated in the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland swept Toronto in the second round, and the "LeBronto" and "Brontario" jokes haven't stopped since. Casey, who was one of eight coaches receiving votes, per Stein, is expected to be announced as the victor of the NBCA version of the award later Wednesday. Nurse, not Casey, is credited with leading the charge in changing the offensive system. Nurse would likely be the favorite.

We now have a concrete report suggesting that the Raptors' brass is indeed "leaning towards" parting ways with the head man.

Casey spoke first and said he has been meeting with Ujiri over the last two days to go over what happened in the Raptors' latest playoff exit. But now Casey's Raptors are on a five-season winning streak.

Toronto's deepest playoff run came in 2016 when it lost to the eventual-champion Cavaliers in a six-game Eastern Conference finals. Casey has been unable to beat Cleveland.

Ujiri's wait-and-see approach didn't appear to bother Casey, who said he was aware of the questions about his job but didn't need Ujiri to provide a public backing.

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