The Toronto Raptors are hiring assistant coach Nick Nurse as their new head coach.
League sources instructed ESPN that either side are working by particulars of a contract. The Toronto Star confirmed the report on Tuesday afternoon.
Nurse, 50, steps in for presumptive NBA Coach of the Yr Dwane Casey. The longtime Raptors coach was named Coach of the Yr by his teaching friends this season, main the workforce to a franchise-record 59 wins and the No. 1 seed within the Jap Convention playoffs.
The Raptors fired Casey on Could 11. He had a 320-238 document in seven seasons with the franchise. The Detroit Pistons employed Casey on Monday to take over for Stan Van Gundy.
Nurse joined the Raptors in 2013, teaching below Casey. He additionally coached in Europe, the place he was named Coach of the Yr within the British Basketball League. Nurse was additionally named Coach of the Yr throughout his teaching tenure within the G League. He was tasked with teaching up the Raptors’ offense, serving to the workforce lead the Jap Convention in factors per recreation and discipline objectives made.
Sources instructed TSN that Nurse and San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina have been the main candidates for the job.
Nurse was in Toronto on Thursday for a second interview with the Raptors entrance workplace.