Dwane Casey to return as Raptors coach next season
Salary cap expert Bobby Webster added to staff
Dwane Casey will remain as the Toronto Raptors head coach, holding onto his job amid a major front office overhaul.
There had been some question regarding Casey's future in Toronto following the hiring of new GM Masai Ujiri. But Ujiri said Wednesday that Casey will be back with the Raptors for the upcoming season.
"I'm excited about moving forward and growing this team with Coach Casey," Ujiri said in a release.
Casey is in the final year of a contract extension signed following the 2011-12 campaign.
The Raptors went 34-48 this season and missed the playoffs for the fifth consecutive year.
A Raptors front-office shakeup followed under new Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment CEO Tim Leiweke. Longtime general manager Bryan Colangelo was relieved of his GM duties on May 21, and replaced with Ujiri 10 days later.
Executive vice-president Ed Stefanski and scout Alvin Williams, one of the most popular players to ever suit up for Toronto, were also fired.
The Raptors began the 2012-13 season with high hopes after trading for Kyle Lowry and Landry Fields and adding Lithuanian rookie centre Jonas Valanciunas.
But they went 4-19 to open the season, and spent the rest of it digging themselves out of that hole.
The 56-year-old Casey, known as a defensive specialist, was hired on June 21, 2011 after the Raptors decided not to pick up the option on Jay Triano's contract.
Casey joined the Raptors from the 2011 NBA champion Dallas Mavericks, where he was an assistant.
Meanwhile, the Raptors named Bobby Webster as the club's vice president of basketball management and strategy.
Webster joins the Raptors after working for the NBA league office in New York for the past seven seasons, most recently in the role of associate director, salary cap management.
"I am delighted to have Bobby join our basketball operations team," Ujiri said in a statement. "His skill set will be valuable in a number of areas, and his experience and knowledge of the CBA and its complexities from a League level will be a great asset to the organization."
Webster was part of the league office team that worked with the NBA Labor Relations Committee to negotiate the most recent collective bargaining agreement with the National Basketball Players Association.
In his role with the Raptors, Webster will provide his CBA expertise and take on expanded duties that include scouting, player personnel and roster management.