Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Raptors promote assistant coach Nick Nurse to replace Casey

Raptors promote assistant coach Nick Nurse to replace Casey

On Tuesday, the Raptors finally made a decision to move forward with Nurse, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, in an effort to get a new lead voice in the locker room but not go through a total staff change given their success developing players and in the regular season.

Wojnarowski adds, however, that the two sides are still working through contractual details.

Nurse and the Raptors were completing contract terms on Tuesday, according to the person who spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced.

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.

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In 2007, he became the head coach of the Iowa Energy in the then-NBA D-League, and was a coach in that league until 2013 when he became a Raptors assistant.

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

Casey, meanwhile, has already found his next job: with the Detroit Pistons.

Nurse, 50, has been coaching for 30 years, succeeding at every level along the way. 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. During his seven-year tenure, Casey went 320-238 (.573). "I know where we started".

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