Jeff Zillgitt: Statement from Raptors president Masai Ujiri on Coach Dwane Casey’s firing: Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri announced Friday that Dwane Casey has been relieved of his duties as the team’s head coach. “After careful consideration, I have decided this is a very difficult but necessary step the franchise must take. As a team, we are constantly trying to grow and improve in order to get to the next level,” Ujiri said. “We celebrate everything Dwane has done for the organization, we thank him, and we wish him nothing but the best in future. He was instrumental in creating the identity and culture of who we are as a team, and we are so proud of that.” Casey was named the eighth head coach in Raptors history June 21, 2011. He posted a 320-238 (.573) record in seven seasons at the helm of the Raptors, including the only three 50-win seasons in franchise history. – via JeffZillgitt

While it might seem like an unprecedented move, it recently happened in June 2013, when George Karl was dismissed as head coach of the Denver Nuggets following a franchise-record 57 wins and an NBA coach of the year award. As such, Karl can sympathize with Casey’s situation. “Start a campaign to save Dwane, he deserves his job man,” Karl said on TSN 1050’s “Overdrive” on Thursday. “Remember Toronto, he’s not just a great coach but a very great person.” – via The Score
Marc Stein: Raptors president Masai Ujiri has strong interest in former Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer, according to coaching sources. Dwane Casey, meanwhile, is likely to emerge as a contender for one or two of the league’s other four vacancies. – via TheSteinLine


David Aldridge: Raptors assistants Rex Kalamian, Nick Nurse will get consideration for head coach job, per source, along with Mike Budenholzer and others. Kalamian/Nurse each highly regarded, veteran coaches who’ve been part of young player development in Toronto. – via daldridgetnt


Rod Beard: Keep in mind that if the #Raptors want to stay with a familiar face, #Raptors905 coach Jerry Stackhouse is a name that’s been floating around in recent coaching searches. – via detnewsRodBeard

Masai Ujiri Press Conference – May 11, 2018