Toronto Raptors to promote assistant Nick Nurse to head coach

Jose Verdugo
Junio 13, 2018

Nurse and the Raptors were completing contract terms on Tuesday, according to the person who spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced.

Toronto's coaching search reportedly had narrowed down to Nurse and San Antonio assistant coach Ettore Messina.

Nurse coached in Europe for 11 years starting in 1996.

Nurse, 50, replaces Dwane Casey who was sacked last month after the Raptors were swept in the conference semifinals by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Raptors are hiring assistant coach Nick Nurse to replace Dwane Casey, who was sacked just over a month ago.

Toronto was rumored to desire former Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer, but Bud signed on to coach Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks. He's been an active coach since 1989 but spent most of his career in college and the D-League. Nurse has six seasons of head-coaching experience in the National Basketball Association G League, where he won two championships and a coach of the year award. He also won two rings at the minor-league level.

Casey, meanwhile, has already found his next job: with the Detroit Pistons.

Ujiri called the decision to fire Casey "difficult but necessary" following the Raptors' loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round, the third time in as many years they've been eliminated at the hands of LeBron James and the Cavs.

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