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They are keeping the gang together. With Dwane Casey re-signed for three years as the head coach of the Toronto Raptors, the team will bring back his entire staff, according to NBA sources. Assistant coaches Nick Nurse, Bill Bayno, Tom Sterner, Jesse Mermuys and Jama Mahlalela have all agreed to new deals that mirror Casey’s contract. Toronto’s Jamaal Magloire remains in a position that combines assistant coach-basketball development and community relations. Toronto Star
Ryan Wolstat: As @Matt Moore mentioned, Nick Nurse will be joining Raptors as assistant coach. He will be in charge of offence. Highly regarded Twitter @WolstatSun
Who replaces them? Well, I keep hearing Popeye Jones and Nick Nurse, who coached Dallas’s D League team but here’s one that I couldn’t confirm anywhere but one that might make an awful lot of sense according to a couple of guys I know. Rex Kalamian, one of Dwane’s best friends who’s now on the Oklahoma City staff of Scott Brooks, whether he’d come or not on a one-year deal is the great unknown which is why I’m not nearly as confident about that possibility as I am about Popeye and Nurse. Toronto Star
League sources say the Raptors have already conducted initial interviews with assistant coach hopefuls Nick Nurse of the Rio Grande Vipers of the D League, former Raptor and current Brooklyn assistant Popeye Jones and ex- NBAer Tyronn Lue. Whether those three have to be re-interviewed once Ujiri is on the job full-time remains to be seen but the future of the current staff is cloudier than it’s ever been. None have contracts guaranteed past the end of June and it’s expected none will be in town this week when some players come back for workout sessions with members of the team’s training staff. Toronto Star
Nurse will be named the new head coach the Rio Grande Valley Vipers at a press conference on Monday, according to multiple sources close to the situation, succeeding Chris Finch in the role with the D-League team ran by the Houston Rockets. The transition should be fairly seamless, too, as the reigning D-League Coach of the Year serves as an assistant under Finch with the Great Britain National Team. Ridiculous Upside
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