COMMENTARY | Masai Ujiri announced that Dwane Casey will return as head coach of the Toronto Raptors for the 2012-13 season.
"I'm excited about moving forward and growing this team with Coach Casey," Ujiri said in a statement released to the media.
During Ujiri's first press conference in Toronto earlier this month he said he would take some time to get to know Casey and then gauge if the team would bring him back for the upcoming season.
"For me, Dwane Casey has done a great job, but I need to sit down with coach and figure out what his philosophies are and what he's thinking for the future of this team," Ujiri explained to the media earlier this month. "He has to explain or even tell me what his evaluation is of our players."
Clearly those talks went well and Casey and Ujiri are on the same page when it comes to the roster and what needs to change.
Casey is only 57-91 during his tenure as head coach of the Raptors so there was some doubt about whether Ujiri would bring him back for another season.
When Casey first arrived in Toronto the team showed flashes of warming up to him as they improved from 26th and giving up 105.4 points allowed to 9th while holding teams to 94.0 points during his first season as head coach. The team showed a slight dip last season to finish 16th while giving up 98.7 points per game.
There is no word on if Casey's assistants - Johnny Davis, Tom Sterner, Micah Nori, Eric Hughes and Scott Roth - will return. It wouldn't be surprising if one of the conditions of bringing Casey back is that Ujiri expects some changes to Casey's coaching staff.
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