Toronto Raptors hiring Nick Nurse as next coach

Toronto Raptors hiring Nick Nurse as next coach

Assistant coach Nick Nurse agreed in principle to become head coach of the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, multiple outlets have reported. Nurse replaces Dwane Casey, who was sacked shortly after the Raptors were swept in the Eastern Conference Semifinals by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Toronto was rumored to desire former Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer, but Bud signed on to coach Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks.

Nurse, 50, has been coaching for 30 years, succeeding at every level along the way. He also won a pair of titles in the G League with two different teams and was coach of the year there, too. Nurse emphasized more man and ball movement as well as outside shooting, helping the team go from last in assists the year before to sixth in 2017-18. Toronto went 59-23 this season, the best record in the Eastern Conference and second-best record in the National Basketball Association behind only Houston - and Nurse was in charge of the offense, led by All-Star guards DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. Nevermind that Casey is a legitimate contender for Coach of the Year-General Manager Masai Ujiri felt the team needed a new leader.

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

"I leave here with my head high", he told TSN via text message in May.

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