The Raptors will have a new-look coaching staff and a new-look offence in 2013-14.

The team announced further changes to Dwane Casey’s staff on Thursday.

Bill Bayno has officially left the Minnesota Timberwolves and will focus on Toronto’s defence which slipped significantly last season a year after the team surprisingly emerged as a defensive force during Casey’s initial campaign.

Bayno spent the past two seasons with the Wolves previously was an assistant in Portland and was a long-time NCAA coach.

Casey said there will be a major focus on player development this season.

“Bill Bayno is one of the best in the league as far as player development (is concerned)” Casey said in a conference call.

“I’ve known Bill for a long time. He did an excellent job of working with guys developing players.

“Jesse (Mermuys hired away from Houston) did a good job (during his four years in) Denver and working with James Harden in Houston he has a good relationship with players.”

Mermuys was an assistant coach/director of player development with the Rockets.

Toronto also moved Jama Mahlalela to the bench after two seasons spent in the front office as director of player development.

A Raptors employee since 2006 Mahlalela began in community development leading various hoops clinics throughout Canada. He also was named director of basketball operations for NBA Asia in 2009 and worked in Hong Kong.

“Jama is one of the best player relations player development guys that we have and I saw that. He also was on the court with us and I’ve seen the talent he has as far as teaching on the court working with guys” Casey said.

“That was the strength we were looking for in each assistant coach.”

Mahlalela was born in Swaziland and raised there and in Toronto and later played for the University of British Columbia. He also spent four years as an assistant at the University of Toronto.

Former D-League coach of the year Nick Nurse was previously added to the coaching staff and incumbents Tom Sterner and shooting guru John Townsend are expected to return as well.

Unlike a year ago Casey and his crew will have a star player on hand in Rudy Gay and a healthy Jonas Valanciunas.

Casey liked what he saw from Valanciunas the Vegas summer league MVP and intends to make the big Lithuanian far more of a factor where the offence is concerned.

“That’s part of the offence that will change quite a bit because he has developed into the type of player that we can go to on a consistent basis far more than we did last year” Casey said of Valanciunas.