The Raptors Have Found Their Next Head Coach

Raptors assistant Nurse promoted to head coach

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

Toronto has made a decision 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.

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. Nurse will be replacing his former boss, Dwane Casey - under whom he spent the past five seasons as a Raptors assistant. Adrian Wojnarowski reported shortly after that the Raptors are hiring Nurse, so consider it done.

Nurse, 50, has been coaching for 30 years, succeeding at every level along the way.

Nurse, who is from Iowa and attended the University of Northern Iowa, also coached in the D-League, winning championships in 2011 with the Iowa Energy and in 2013 with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. So, their final two candidates were current assistant coach Nick Nurse and Spurs assistant Ettore Messina. Nevermind that Casey is a legitimate contender for Coach of the Year-General Manager Masai Ujiri felt the team needed a new leader.

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