Former UNI player Nick Nurse becoming Toronto Raptors' head coach

The team and Nick Nurse are in the process of elevating Nurse from assistant under the deposed Dwane Casey to the top job, sources confirmed to Postmedia on Tuesday morning after an initial ESPN report.

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

The Toronto Raptors didn't have to go far to find the man who will be the ninth head coach in franchise history.

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

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After a stint as an assistant for the Dallas Mavericks, Casey took over as Raptors' coach from Jay Triano to start the 2011-12 season.

Casey was sacked last month and was hired by the Detroit Pistons on Monday. He is the franchise's all-time leader in wins, winning percentage, games coached and playoff games coached (51).

In 2007, he became the head coach of the Iowa Energy in the then-NBA D-League, and was a coach in that league until 2013 when he became a Raptors assistant. Nurse will be judged on his ability to guide Toronto deeper into the postseason before its core passes its prime. Nurse has six seasons of head-coaching experience in the National Basketball Association G League, where he won two championships and a coach of the year award.

"I leave here with my head high", he told TSN via text message in May.

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