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With a 16-9 record in his last 25 games, a Coach of the Month award for December on his mantle and a legitimate opportunity to get the Raptors to the playoffs for the first time in seven years, Dwane Casey could hardly be blamed for pestering the Toronto front office for a contract extension. But, as a source told Sporting News, that hasn’t been the case—there have been, “no really significant discussions,” on extending Casey’s contract, which runs up at the end of this season. Sporting News

Instead, it appears that Casey and the Raptors will finish out what has been a decidedly strange year in Toronto, and re-evaluate. That’s perfectly fine with Casey, who would have no problem returning to his home in Seattle and focusing on lures and casts rather than Xs and Os. “I never worried about having a job,” Casey said. “I say that with all sincerity. I never worried about losing a job, getting a job. Because I learned a long time ago how to fish.” Sporting News

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"The last two games (against Miami and Indiana) should tell us how far we still have to go," Casey told me. "Those are two very talented teams with established programs. They've tasted the conference finals and (Miami) has tasted a championship. They know big play moments. You think you are playing well (against them) and then boom, here comes a haymaker. They know those moments and those are the moments with physicality, toughness, focus and concentration you've got to recognize as a player out there on the court. We are still trying to get there and that's our challenge. "There's no reason for any of us to be content or satisfied or to be able to be happy. We should still be hungry. We've gotta' play as a hungry team." Yahoo! Sports

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For the first time since 2010 Toronto is a .500 team 30 games into the season. It's also the best record the team has had under Casey, this late into the campaign. "Personally, I don't give a crap," said Casey, asked what his team's recent success means to him, a coach with an expiring deal. "I mean, it's not about me. It's about that team in there in that locker room. I'm going to be in coaching for a long time. so it's not about me, it's about those guys in the locker room. For them, I think it's another huge step as far as their growth is concerned and I truly mean that." TSN

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