Raptors assistant Nurse promoted to head coach

Nick Nurse, head coach of the Iowa Energy, thanks the fans following the team's game against the Tulsa 66ers at the Wells Fargo Arena on April 18, 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa.

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. Toronto fired coach Dwane Casey last month, after Toronto was swept in a four-game Eastern semifinal series by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Toronto was rumored to desire former Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer, but Bud signed on to coach Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks.

Nurse, 50, joined the Raptors in 2013 after successful coaching stints in Europe and the National Basketball Association D-League.

Before that he spent a decade coaching in Europe, include a stint in the British Basketball League and also coached in the G-League, where he won two championships.

Casey was named head coach of the Detroit Pistons, replacing Stan Van Gundy, on Monday. Adrian Wojnarowski reported shortly after that the Raptors are hiring Nurse, so consider it done.

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