Toronto Raptors to hire Nick Nurse as head coach

Raptors assistant Nurse promoted to head coach

The Toronto Raptors didn't have to go far to find the man who will be the ninth head coach in franchise history. According to Woj, the two sides are still working out the specific details of the contract.

An assistant for the Raptors since 2013, Nurse, 50, was a two-time coach of the year in the British Basketball League. Nevermind that Casey is a legitimate contender for Coach of the Year-General Manager Masai Ujiri felt the team needed a new leader. He spent more than a decade in Europe, was an assistant coach for Britain at the 2012 London Olympics, is a past G League coach of the year and coached Rio Grande to that league's title in 2013.

The Toronto Raptors were the last team to open up a coaching vacancy and, on Tuesday, became the last team to fill that vacancy.

Nurse, 50, replaces Dwane Casey who was sacked last month after the Raptors were swept in the conference semifinals by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Toronto also took the third-most threes in the league, up from 22nd place two seasons ago.

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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.

The terms of the deal were not announced yet.

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

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