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Now that the Toronto Raptors have officially fired head coach Dwane Casey, we’re going to hear a lot of rumors about who might replace him on the bench up north.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, former Atlanta Hawks head coach and NBA Coach of the Year¬†Mike Budenholzer is now a prime candidate to fill that vacancy.

Budenholzer, 48, was fired by Atlanta following a 2017-18 campaign that saw the team post a disastrous 24-58 record. Prior to that, he led the Hawks to four consecutive playoff appearances, including a 60-win season back in 2014-15.

If he were hired by Toronto, Budenholzer would be taking over a squad that won a franchise record 59 games this past regular season only to flame out in the conference semifinals by virtue of a four-game sweep at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers.