Toronto assistant Nick Nurse promoted Raptors head coach, says source

Raptors assistant Nurse promoted to head coach

Toronto Raptors to promote assistant Nick Nurse to head coach

Adrian Wojnarowski reported shortly after that the Raptors are hiring Nurse, so consider it done.

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

The Toronto Raptors have settled on assistant coach Nick Nurse as their new head coach, according to ESPN.

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, 50, has been coaching for 30 years, succeeding at every level along the way. The team ranked third in the National Basketball Association in offensive efficiency this past season, sixth in 2016-17, fifth the year prior, third in 2014-15, and ninth in 2013-14.

The Raptors conducted a month-long search after firing coach Dwane Casey, but ended up staying within the family. He's been an active coach since 1989 but spent most of his career in college and the D-League.

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

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.

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