The Toronto Raptors were eliminated from the 2014 NBA playoffs on Sunday following a close Game 7 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, but it didn't take long for the front office to show its appreciation for a team that tied a franchise record with 48 regular season wins. Coach Dwane Casey has reached an agreement in principle for a three-year contract, according to the Toronto Star.
Casey helped guide the Raptors' dramatic turnaround following the trade of Rudy Gay on Dec. 9. The team was 6-12 before the trade, but finished 42-22 after it on its way to winning the Atlantic Division and making the playoffs for the first time in six seasons. Casey's steady hand in fitting new players Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes into the rotation was paramount to Toronto's success, as was his ability to cultivate young talents in DeMar DeRozan and Terrence Ross.
The other major offseason decision for the Raptors involves the impending free agency of point guard Kyle Lowry. The 28-year-old is coming off a season that saw him average career highs in points and assists.