Something has to give.
The Toronto Raptors are "strongly leaning" toward parting ways with head coach Dwane Casey after another embarrassment suffered at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to Josh Lewenberg of TSN.
Internal candidates to replace Casey include assistant coaches Nick Nurse and Rex Kalamian, in addition to Raptors G-League head coach Jerry Stackhouse, according to Lewenberg.
Casey took over a 23-win team in 2011 and steadily improved the record in all but one of his seven seasons in Toronto. Five of the Raptors' winningest seasons have come under Casey's watch, headlined by this year in which the Raptors captured the No. 1 seed for the first time in franchise history.
However, Toronto has consistently played below their level in the playoffs, and that will ultimately seal Casey's fate if the Raptors decide to part ways. Toronto is 21-30 in the postseason under Casey, and his team was swept in three of the last four seasons.
A favorite to win Coach of the Year honors, Casey has one year left on his contract.