The well-chronicled reality that Raptors president and general manager Masai Ujiri inherited Casey, as opposed to hiring him as his proverbial "own guy," inevitably only adds volume to the questions.
Initial indications, though, suggest that Casey will indeed be back next season, according to the latest whispers on the Toronto grapevine.
The fact Ujiri scheduled his end-of-season press conference for Tuesday, instead of taking an extra week to evaluate things like Sam Presti did in Oklahoma City, would also seem to bode well for Casey.
A few key points to bear in mind here:
• Casey only just completed the first season of a three-year extension.
• He happens to have done more winning than any other Raptors coach before him. In addition to back-to-back division titles and his role in helping Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan break through as All-Stars, Casey happens to be the most successful coach in team history ... with a record of 154-158 (.494).
• The Raptors, for all their undeniable financial resources, also happen to be investing in a new practice facility as well as their own D-League franchise and presumably would not love the idea of absorbing the remaining money on the coach's contract if there was a sudden clamor to make a change.