The Toronto Raptors had the best regular season in franchise history and claimed the East's No. 1 seed after winning 59 games. The Raptors struggled in the postseason, however, wrestling with the Washington Wizards in the first round and then being swept by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round.
The fact remains, however, that Casey did a masterful job coaching his team in the regular season. His efforts were justified Wednesday, when it was announced that Casey is one of three finalists—along with Boston's Brad Stevens and Utah's Quin Snyder—for Coach of the Year.
It was a nice accomplishment, of course, but probably one the Raptors' social media team should have overlooked—I mean, the man just got fired. Toronto, however, congratulated Casey on the team's official account. Talk about awkward.
Congrats Coach! https://t.co/KG68c3Icu7— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 17, 2018
As you'd expect, people found the tweet rather strange.
Dwayne Casey :— benson (@bluke123) May 17, 2018
Didn’t yall just fire.... Nvm— Feeq (@Allstar_34) May 17, 2018
Reports indicated the Raptors wanted former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer as their next leader, but the Milwaukee Bucks have reportedly scooped Budenholzer. Toronto reportedly never made him an offer.
Budenholzer is signing a four-year deal, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 16, 2018
It would not be surprising for the Raps to promote an internal candidate like assistant coach Nick Nurse.