Raptors hiring Nick Nurse as head coach

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Nurse has agreed to become the next coach of the Toronto Raptors, a person with direct knowledge of the hire told The Associated Press on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time).

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

Toronto Raptors assistant coach Nick Nurse gestures during a game against the Detroit Pistons on February 29, 2016.

An assistant for the Raptors since 2013, Nurse, 50, was a two-time coach of the year in the British Basketball League. External candidates included San Antonio Spurs assistants Ettore Messina and Ime Udoka, former Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer (who was hired by the Milwaukee Bucks on May 17) and EuroLeague coach Sarunas Jasikevicius.

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Nurse graduated from Northern Iowa and got his first head coaching position at Grand View College when he was only 23 - some 27 years ago.

One month into their coaching search, Masai Ujiri and the Toronto Raptors may have neared a decision on who will be the team's next head coach. He also won a pair of titles in the G League with two different teams and was coach of the year there, too. The Pistons lured Casey with a five-year deal that was announced Monday.

Nurse, 50, replaces Dwane Casey who was sacked last month after the Raptors were swept in the conference semifinals by the Cleveland Cavaliers. "I know where we started".

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