Raptors pick assistant Nick Nurse as new head coach

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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 is finalizing contract terms with Toronto, but met with president Masai Ujiri and general manager Bobby Webster on Tuesday morning to accept the job, sources said. Nurse replaces Dwane Casey, who was sacked shortly after the Raptors were swept in the Eastern Conference Semifinals by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was a student assistant at UNI for one year, was head coach at Grand View, then coached for 12 seasons in the British Basketball League.

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

Nurse joined the Raptors five years ago as an assistant and was tasked with overseeing the team's offence alongside Casey.

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Toronto fired Dwane Casey on May 11 after the team was swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference semifinal. He is the franchise's all-time leader in wins, winning percentage, games coached and playoff games coached (51).

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

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

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