Nick Nurse Rumors
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.
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.