Raptors hire Nick Nurse as new head coach

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Updating an item from yesterday that suggested the Toronto Raptors had narrowed their head coaching search down to two candidates, Marc Stein of the New York Times reports that the "growing expectation" in coaching circles is that Nick Nurse is the choice.

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, 50, joined the Raptors in 2013 after successful coaching stints in Europe and the National Basketball Association D-League. In the NBA's G-League, Nurse won two championships with two different teams and also took home coach of the year honours in 2010-11 with the Iowa Energy.

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

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 terms of the deal were not announced yet. He is the franchise's all-time leader in wins, winning percentage, games coached and playoff games coached (51).

Toronto Raptors assistant coach Nick Nurse gestures during a game against the Detroit Pistons on February 29, 2016. "I know where we started".

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