Toronto Raptors to promote assistant Nick Nurse to head coach

Rex Christensen
June 13, 2018

Assistant coach Nick Nurse agreed in principle to become head coach of the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, multiple outlets have reported. According to Woj, the two sides are still working out the specific details of the contract.

Nurse, a long-time assistant under Casey, was one of the first people interviewed by president Masai Ujiri and general manager Bobby Webster and was the leading candidate throughout much of the hiring process.

Nurse came to Toronto fresh off of a NBA Development League championship with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and also won a league championship with Iowa, a D-League coach of the year award and worked extensively in Britain.

Nurse coached in Europe for 11 years starting in 1996.

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Nurse has been an assistant in Toronto since 2013. He also won two rings at the minor-league level. Casey was sacked after the Raptors were swept out of the second round of this year's playoffs by Cleveland.

Nick Nurse, head coach of the Iowa Energy, thanks the fans following the team's game against the Tulsa 66ers at the Wells Fargo Arena on April 18, 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa. During his seven-year tenure, Casey went 320-238 (.573).

Toronto is now the only National Basketball Association franchise without a head coach.

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

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