Raptors hiring Nurse to replace Casey

Nurse joined the Raptors five years ago as an assistant and was tasked with overseeing the team's offence alongside Casey.

The Toronto Raptors will name assistant Nick Nurse as their next head coach, ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

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

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

Nurse, 50, has been coaching for 30 years, succeeding at every level along the way. At the very least, the Raptors would want it to be known that they at least interviewed their in-house candidate. He spent more than a decade in Europe, was an assistant coach for Britain at the 2012 London Olympics, is a past G League coach of the year and coached Rio Grande to that league's title in 2013. Toronto went 59-23 this season, the best record in the Eastern Conference and second-best record in the National Basketball Association behind only Houston - and Nurse was in charge of the offense, led by All-Star guards DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry.

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. He is the franchise's all-time leader in wins, winning percentage, games coached and playoff games coached (51).

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