The Toronto Raptors may have been eliminated from the NBA post-season by the Cleveland Cavaliers last night, but this is no time to lament.
The Raptors had their best season in franchise history, being just two games from reaching the NBA Finals with a team full of young talent while doing it all with the 21st most expensive squad in the league.
This success for Toronto could also be bringing good news for head coach Dwane Casey, who could be set for a contract extension according to a new report.
According to a tweet from Marc Stein of ESPN, the 59-year-old coach is going to start opening up negotiations with the team in the not-too-distant future.
As of right now, Casey has one year left on his current deal with the Raptors, and would be earning $4m next season if Toronto were to pick up the option. They obviously would, but it seems like they don't even want things to get to that, hoping to tie Casey up for the next few years.
The Raptors have come on leaps and bounds since Casey took over a team that finished with just 23 wins before his hiring. Toronto have improved season upon season and finished this year as the second seed in the Eastern Conference.
'The North' beat the Pacers and Miami Heat to reach the Eastern finals, where they came up against a Cavs team that was just too good. But that doesn't mean he's disheartened. Instead, Casey spoke last night to say that his side are going to get to that level.
"We're learning. We're not where they are right now," he told reporters, referring to the Cavaliers side that will now be taking part in its second Finals in a row, hoping to avenge their loss to Golden State last time out. "We're gonna be."
Casey is the winningest coach in Raptors history, boasting a 210-184 record during his five seasons at the helm.