Raptors reach three-year coaching deal with Casey

Agence France-Presse

Posted at May 07 2014 06:18 PM | Updated as of May 08 2014 02:18 AM

Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey and musical artist Drake celebrate a basket by the Raptors against the Brooklyn Nets in game seven of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre. Photo by Tom Szczerbowski, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.

TORONTO - Two days after being eliminated from the NBA playoffs, the Toronto Raptors announced they have reached a deal for a new three-year contract with coach Dwane Casey.

The deal, which runs through the 2016-17 season, rewards Casey for a club-record 48-win season that brought an Atlantic division title and saw the Raptors fall one basket short of advancing to the second round of the playoffs.

In Toronto's first trip to the playoffs since 2008, the Raptors were edged 104-103 by visiting Brooklyn on Sunday to win their best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round playoff series four games to three.

Casey's contract was set to expire at the end of next month.

"We have taken some big steps toward our goal of installing a culture and a defensive mindset," Casey said. "At the same time we realise the challenge ahead in order to complete our quest to build a championship program."

Casey, 57, went 23-43 in his first season with the Raptors but improved to 34-38 last season and now stands 105-115 in three seasons at Toronto after going 53-69 with Minnesota from 2005-07.

"From day one last summer Dwane has done an excellent job both on-and-off the court," Raptors president and general manager Masai Ujiri said.

"There has been growth from each player on the roster and the team's identity of toughness and a desire to always compete has clearly been established. We're very excited to continue to grow and develop this team with Dwane as our coach."

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