Toronto Raptors Hire Assistant Nick Nurse To Replace Dwane Casey

Raptors assistant Nurse promoted to head coach

Updating an item from yesterday that suggested the Toronto Raptors had narrowed their head coaching search down to two candidates, Marc Stein of the New York Times reports that the "growing expectation" in coaching circles is that Nick Nurse is the choice.

Nurse is finalizing contract terms with Toronto, but met with president Masai Ujiri and general manager Bobby Webster on Tuesday morning to accept the job, sources said.

The 50-year-old Nurse is known for his offensive skills as a coach, winning the D-League championship in 2010-11 and 2012-13 before joining the Raptors.

Nurse graduated from Northern Iowa and got his first head coaching position at Grand View College when he was only 23 - some 27 years ago. He joined the Raptors organization in 2013 and has served as an assistant on the staff alongside Dwane Casey since then.

Lewenberg noted that if the Raptors passed on Nurse as head coach, they risked losing him altogether as he finished atop a Yahoo poll from early April among executives that tabbed him as the top head coaching prospect among National Basketball Association assistants.

Casey was named head coach of the Detroit Pistons, replacing Stan Van Gundy, on Monday.

After a stint as an assistant for the Dallas Mavericks, Casey took over as Raptors' coach from Jay Triano to start the 2011-12 season.

Thoughts on Nurse as the next head coach? "I know where we started".

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