With the Cavs on the verge of sweeping the Raptors, and speculation about what changes Toronto could make if/when that happens, Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue says it would be “absurd” if Toronto parted ways with Casey.
“That’s crazy,” Lue said Monday during his media availability prior to Game 4. “I mean, to change a team who they said played iso basketball, to being top three, I guess, in offense and defense this year, the second best record in the NBA, like, it’s just, I don’t believe that one bit. I mean, it would be absurd to make a move like that.”
Casey, who has been with the Raptors since 2011, has one year left on his contract. There are reports indicating that executives around the league believe Casey will get the axe. He coached the Raptors this year to the NBA’s second-best record and the No. 1 seed in the East while also moving the team away from isolation heavy basketball.
Lue also reacted to the Pistons parting ways with Stan Van Gundy on Monday. Lue, who found out about Van Gundy when asked about it, played for the now former Pistons coach and president in Orlando in the last season of his career.
“It’s just crazy to see that you let a great guy like Stan go,” Lue said. “As far as Xs and Os, understanding different teams, different schemes and his players — he’s one of the best as far as knowing the basketball game and knowing what it takes.”
Lue also said that Van Gundy was one of the people in the league who reached out to him when he was going through his health issues and stepped away from the Cavs.