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Rumor: Nick Nurse favorite to become Raptors coach

Nick Nurse

Toronto Raptors assistant coach Nick Nurse is seen during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)


The Raptors reportedly wanted Mike Budenholzer to become their next coach. He chose the Bucks, and though Toronto never formally offered him a contract, that could be semantics – a “we’ll offer you the job if you’ll take it, but not otherwise” situation.

Anyway, where do the Raptors go from here?

Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports

Nurse worked his way up the coaching ranks, through Europe and the D-League before joining Dwane Casey’s staff in Toronto. Nurse gets major credit for the Raptors’ revamped offense.

Assistant coach Rex Kalamian and minor-league coach Jerry Stackhouse are also internal candidates. When a franchise is so successful, it usually lifts the stock of most employees.

That stopped applying to Casey in Toronto. It might make Nurse – or less likely, Kalamian or Stackhouse – Casey’s successor.