Raptors hiring Nurse to replace Casey

Raptors assistant Nurse promoted to head coach

The Toronto Raptors are hiring assistant Nick Nurse to become the franchise's new head coach, league sources told ESPN.

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

Ujiri called the decision to fire Casey "difficult but necessary" following the Raptors' loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round, the third time in as many years they've been eliminated at the hands of LeBron James and the Cavs.

NICK Nurse spent nearly three decades paying his coaching dues, toiling with teams in Britain, Italy and Belgium, college basketball and the G League.

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

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Nurse coached in Europe for 11 years starting in 1996.

Casey was named the head coach of the Detroit Pistons on Monday. He also won a pair of titles in the G League with two different teams and was coach of the year there, too.

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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. "I know where we started".

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