How ironic, once Dwane Casey finds himself another coaching job, the Toronto Raptors announce their new leader.
On Monday, the biggest story of the basketball world surrounded the Detroit Pistons' hire of Casey. After leading the Raptors to an impressive 59-win season, his release opened an intriguing head coaching vacancy in the Eastern Conference.
Well, Toronto didn't travel far to find their next coach. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Raptors are hiring assistant coach Nick Nurse for the job.
The Toronto Raptors are hiring assistant Nick Nurse as the franchise's new head coach, league sources tell ESPN. Sides are working through details of contract now.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 12, 2018
The details of the contract aren't out yet, but Nurse probably won't come anywhere near Casey's monstrous deal.
For the Raptors, promoting Nurse to head coach provides stability and familiarity. However, the questions remains as to whether this move is enough to get over the hump in the playoffs.
With expectations very high in the north, Nick Nurse will need DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry performing at an All-Star level. If not, this move will undoubtedly receive tons of criticism.