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Valanciunas is only 23, so there’s still hope that he will come back next year a better scorer inside. But the Raptors can’t count on that, so they’ll need to address their frontcourt scoring on the free-agent market, or by trade. Ross was mentioned as a trade candidate last winter, but Toronto was not interested in moving him. Perhaps that will change. Williams did a very good job with his role as a Raptor this season, and he has said he would like to return. That will depend, though, on what kind of offers Williams gets around the league. Sporting News

But the bigger decision will be on coach Dwane Casey. He has one year left on his contract, and though he has taken the team to 97 wins and the two best records in franchise history the last two years, Toronto’s sweep at the hands of Washington was an enormous disappointment. The Raptors were 37-17 just after the All-Star break but closed by going 12-16, and the defense Casey had worked so hard to turn around gave back all of its progress over the course of the year. General manager Masai Ujiri has been patient in running this bunch, though, and though he was not the guy who hired Casey, the two have been on the same page since Ujiri took the Toronto job in 2013. Casey is not likely to get an extension beyond next season, but he is not likely to get fired yet, either. Sporting News

He did, however, acknowledge that it may behoove the organization to take a step backwards in order to reach Ujiri's oft-stated goal of long-term excellence. "That's an option," Ujiri told TSN. "Everything we are going to do is going to be what's good for this organization and competing for a championship in the future." The Score

Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri made the rounds on Toronto sports radio Wednesday, but much like in his season-ending news conference last week, he didn't have much to add on the status of coach Dwane Casey. "I'm still studying it, we're still gathering all the information," Ujiri told Sportsnet 590 The FAN in regards to whether a decision has been made on Casey's future. Approximately 20 minutes later, Ujiri told competing station TSN 1050 the same thing. "We're still going to go through the process of looking at the things we did well and the things we didn't do so well," he said. "When that happens, we will make a decision and move forward." The Score

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Dwane Casey has done wonderful things in Toronto, but this was not a good series for him, and it’s unclear if he’ll be back next season, per league sources, even though he’s under contract. Ujiri will listen to inquiries about every player, but those expecting a fire sale should remember: Ujiri didn’t build a pristine trade record by acting desperately — not even when Carmelo and LaLa had him over a barrel. Grantland

There was no open suggestion that Dwane’s job is in jeopardy, just as there was no open suggestion that it isn’t. The met Monday, they met Tuesday and they are to meet today and I would suspect once concerns on both sides are raised and discussed – heatedly, I would think – they will emerge united and ready to move on. Toronto Star

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Nasty break-up and all, Air Canada is the best thing that ever happened to the Toronto Raptors.


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