With the announcement (or lack thereof) that Dwane Casey will be returning to the Toronto Raptors as head coach next season, that doesn’t mean the questions surrounding the Raps coaching staff have subsided.
As mentioned when the Casey news first broke, while the head coach will be back the organization is planning to make changes in his coaching staff.
Enter ESPN’s Marc Stein, who reports that the Raptors will reach out to Monty Williams, the recently-exiled head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans.
While Williams, who helped bring New Orleans to the post-season for the first time in five years (ok, Anthony Davis might have had a lot to do with it), is expected to wait and see what head coaching positions are available before evaluating his options as an assistant.
If Williams did join the Raptors staff he’d share some sort of kinship with Casey- both would have made the move from head coaching back to an assistants role (Casey was head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves before becoming an assistant coach for the Dallas Mavericks).
We’ll say this for Williams: The Raptors could do a whole lot worse from a character standpoint. Check out his classy interview from moments after the Pelicans let him go: