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Toronto assistant Nick Nurse promoted Raptors head coach, says source

Toronto assistant Nick Nurse promoted Raptors head coach, says source

The team ranked third in the National Basketball Association in offensive efficiency this past season, sixth in 2016-17, fifth the year prior, third in 2014-15, and ninth in 2013-14.

Toronto Raptors assistant coach Nick Nurse gestures during a game against the Detroit Pistons on February 29, 2016. Nurse would probably have to be considered the front-runner of the group, given his track record and how the offense shifted and held up in the playoffs, but it's always hard to ascribe credit and blame across a coaching staff.

Assistant coach Nick Nurse agreed in principle to become head coach of the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, multiple outlets have reported. So, their final two candidates were current assistant coach Nick Nurse and Spurs assistant Ettore Messina.

The decision comes a month after Casey was let go and one day after he was hired by the Detroit Pistons as their new coach. He's been an active coach since 1989 but spent most of his career in college and the D-League.

The terms of the deal were not announced yet.

Nurse, 50, joined the franchise five years ago and was a longtime assistant under former Raptors coach Dwane Casey. 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. "I know where we started".

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