Former UNI player Nick Nurse becoming Toronto Raptors' head coach

Toronto Raptors to promote assistant Nick Nurse to head coach

Raptors assistant Nurse promoted to head coach

Toronto has chose to promote Dwane Casey's old assistant, and will hire Nick Nurse as the team's ninth head coach in franchise history according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Nurse has six seasons of head-coaching experience in the National Basketball Association G League, where he won two championships and a coach of the year award.

Earlier this week there were reports that Ujiri & Co. had narrowed their list down to two candidates: San Antonio Spurs assistant Ettore Messina, and Nurse.

Toronto was rumored to desire former Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer, but Bud signed on to coach Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks.

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 Pistons lured Casey with a five-year deal that was announced Monday. Toronto also took the third-most threes in the league, up from 22nd place two seasons ago. Nevermind that Casey is a legitimate contender for Coach of the Year-General Manager Masai Ujiri felt the team needed a new leader.

Toronto Raptors assistant coach Nick Nurse gestures during a game against the Detroit Pistons on February 29, 2016. During his seven-year tenure, Casey went 320-238 (.573).

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

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