Raptors hiring Nurse to replace Casey

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

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.

The Toronto Raptors had the best regular season in franchise history this year, but after LeBron dealt them yet another postseason beatdown, the franchise elected to fire coach Dwane Casey. 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.

Nurse coached in Europe for 11 years starting in 1996.

Nurse has been an assistant in Toronto since 2013.

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Casey was sacked last month and was hired by the Detroit Pistons on Monday.

Earlier this week there were reports that Ujiri & Co. had narrowed their list down to two candidates: San Antonio Spurs assistant Ettore Messina, and Nurse. He also won two rings at the minor-league level.

Casey was named the head coach of the Detroit Pistons on Monday. He is the school's all-time 3-point percentage leader with.468 (170 of 363).

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