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Dwane Casey on Raptors Hot-Seat Rumors, Coaching Next Year: 'My Key Still Works'

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 9, 2018

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 7:  Head coach Dwane Casey of the Toronto Raptors directs his team during the second half of Game 4 of the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on May 7, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Raptors 128-93. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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After meeting with Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri, Raptors head coach Dwane Casey is operating under the assumption he'll return for the 2018-19 season.

Sportsnet's Michael Grange shared Casey's thoughts Wednesday:

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On next year: "No one has told me any differently ... my key still works"

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"I'm not sitting here begging and pleading. The sun will come up tomorrow and I'll be happy about it ... " Casey.

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Casey did add that he hasn't been given any assurances for next year. Has met with Masai: https://t.co/2iYxmrXhVb

The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor reported some NBA executives believe the Raptors will fire Casey after the Cleveland Cavaliers swept the Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed in the second round of the playoffs.   

Although the Raptors had the best record in the Eastern Conference (59-23), a coaching change may be necessary in order to shake things up. 

If recent history is any indicator, Casey's comments offer little reassurance regarding his future in Toronto. Ben McAdoo told reporters Dec. 3 that he was going to coach the New York Giants "as long as my key card works." The team fired him a day later.     

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