Raptors pick assistant Nick Nurse as new head coach

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.

Nurse is finalizing contract terms with Toronto, but met with president Masai Ujiri and general manager Bobby Webster on Tuesday morning to accept the job, sources said.

The short version of that: Hiring internally is unsexy, but most signals point to Nurse being a legitimately good candidate as an National Basketball Association head coach.

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. Toronto fired coach Dwane Casey last month, after Toronto was swept in a four-game Eastern semifinal series by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He won D-League Coach of the Year in 2011.

Toronto is now the only National Basketball Association franchise without a head coach.

Casey was named head coach of the Detroit Pistons, replacing Stan Van Gundy, on Monday.

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

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