Toronto Raptors hiring Nick Nurse as next coach

Raptors assistant Nurse promoted to head coach

The Toronto Raptors are hiring assistant Nick Nurse to become the franchise's new head coach, league sources told ESPN. According to Woj, the two sides are still working out the specific details of the contract.

Toronto Raptors assistant coach Nick Nurse gestures during a game against the Detroit Pistons on February 29, 2016.

Originally hired soon after Masai Ujiri took over as team president and general manager in the summer of 2013, Nurse was put in charge of Toronto's offence, which became one of the best in the National Basketball Association through the work of Casey, Nurse and the rest of the staff. Nurse replaces Dwane Casey, who was sacked shortly after the Raptors were swept in the Eastern Conference Semifinals by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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

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.

In charge of the Raptors' offence, Nurse played a pivotal role in successfully reinventing the way the team played last season. He was also named D-League Coach of the Year in 2011. Casey was sacked after the Raptors were swept out of the second round of this year's playoffs by Cleveland. He is the franchise's all-time leader in wins, winning percentage, games coached and playoff games coached (51). "I know where we started".

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