What Does Dwane Casey’s Extension Mean For DeRozan’s FA Decision?

Casey gets extension

What a difference a few weeks make.

The Toronto Raptors reached the conference finals for the first time ever, but things weren’t easy by any stretch of the imagination.

In the first round against Indiana, Toronto was pushed all the way to game seven. If the Raptors actually lost that series, there are conflicting reports going around that head coach Dwane Casey may have been fired.

In the next round, Toronto was forced to play another game seven against the Miami Heat, in which they came out victorious once again.

With the draft and free agency on the horizon, Toronto has elected to reward Casey with a contract extension.

Casey has spent the past five seasons as the Raptors head coach and the team has improved in the win column every single year.

However, will this extension have any barring on two-time all-star DeMar DeRozan’s looming free agent decision?

I believe so.

In his exit presser a week ago, DeRozan was asked if there was a better fit out there for him.

“I don’t think so,” he said. “ … my mindset has always been Toronto. I always preached it. I was passionate about it when we was losing. When we was terrible, I said I’m going to stick through this whole thing and I want to be that guy who brings this organization to where it is now. I definitely don’t want to switch up after we win.”

Obviously, this was before Casey’s extension, but it sounds like he’s embraced the organization and the challenge of getting Toronto to the next level.

“I feel like I really haven’t done anything, to be honest,” DeRozan admitted. “I’m just telling you the God-honest truth, I really feel like I haven’t did anything. It’s still so much to be done. Still so much.”

Free agency begins July 1.

Husky Bald Cavs Fan Gets Into With Raptors Head Coach (Video)

Watching coaches get into arguments with fans will never get old because quite frankly, they’re funny. Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey is the latest coach to argue with a fan.

The Raptors made their presence known while they played the Cavaliers in Toronto. The series headed back to Cleveland and the Raptors felt the tension as well as the disadvantage. One Cavaliers fan decided to add more salt to the wound by saying, “You’re in Cleveland now.” That sparked tensions to rise and Raptors head coach Dwane Casey decided to bark back at the fan.

I’m not sure what that fan meant by that but I’ve never thought of Cleveland as a city to fear. It’s probably the New Yorker in me talking. Nonetheless, the Cavaliers now lead the series 3-2.

Raps Coach Says He Might Fight Coaches If They Don’t Vote Kyle Lowry

Dwane Casey says he will fight other coaches if they don't vote in Lowry

Kyle Lowry is probably the best player no one knows about. The 28-year old point guard averages 20.6 points, 7.6 dimes and 4.6 rebounds a game.

With DeRozan being out, Lowry has carried the load north of the border. The Raptors are 24-10, which is third in the eastern conference. If Lowry doesn’t make the all-star game, his head coach Dwane Casey may get violent.

 “I hope our fans get out and vote and don’t put it in the hands of the coaches. And if the coaches don’t do it, I’m probably going to get in a physical fight with those guys.”

Lowry deserves to get in, but with the lack of media attention Toronto receives, it may not happen.


Raptors Coach Dwane Casey is ‘Hopeful’ Eye Surgery Helps Rudy Gay Improve

Dwyane Casey is 'hopeful' eye surgery helps improve Rudy Gay's game.

Toronto has playoff aspirations heading into the new season, but that will only become a reality if Rudy Gay performs up to his potential. Gay was traded from Memphis to Toronto in late-January. Although his points per game increased, the poor shooting continued.

The blame for his inept shooting has been vision problems. Gay’s three-point shooting has declined as his career progresses. In attempt to solve his eye problems, Gay underwent eye surgery to repair astigmatism in his eyes.

Raptors head coach Dwane Casey is keeping his fingers crossed that eye surgery will cure Gay’s game.

Gay is the big name on the Raptor roster, and though he averaged 19.5 points after coming to Toronto from Memphis in a late-January trade, he shot just 42.5 percent from the field and 33.6 percent from the 3-point line. But Gay has suffered a decline in his 3-point shooting as his career has gone on, and the hope is that the dip is the result of astigmatism in his eyes. He had surgery to fix the problem after struggling with it for years.

“If you look at his career, it has steadily gone down,” Casey said. “He has complained about his eyes, he tried to wear goggles, and that didn’t work. He is supposed to be wearing contacts, and he didn’t like the contacts, he didn’t like having anything on his eyes. So they elected to do the surgery. I am keeping my fingers crossed. For some players, they get that done and it is like seeing a new rim. Hopefully, the same thing happens with him.”