Raptors sign head coach Nick Nurse for multi-year contract extension

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The Toronto Raptors have signed head coach Nick Nurse for a multi-year contract extension, the team announced Tuesday.

Nurse, who was named Coach of the Year for the 2019-20 season, led the Raptors to the NBA title in 2019 and the franchise’s best winning percentage .736 this season. The Raptors finished the season 53-19, the second best in the NBA, and reached the Eastern Conference semifinals for the fifth straight season.

“Our confidence in Nick keeps growing, and part of that comes from what we’ve been through together. The past two seasons have been like no other in our team’s history – first, winning our championship, then navigating a global pandemic and making a long-term commitment to fighting racism and for justice. social, ”Raptors President Masai Ujiri said in a statement. . “Nick has proven that he can coach on the pitch and lead a life, and we look forward to doing great things in the future.

The nurse replaced Dwane Casey in June 2018 after serving as the club’s assistant coach for five years. In his two seasons at the helm of the Raptors, Nurse is 111-43 in the regular season and 23-12 in the playoffs. His 23 playoff wins are the most scored by any Raptors head coach. Nurse has been named the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month three times and coached Team Giannis to the 2020 NBA All-Star Game.

“My family and I will always be grateful to Larry Tanenbaum and MLSE for this opportunity. I am grateful to Masai, Bobby (Webster) and the players for their trust and hard work, ”Nurse said in a statement. “Toronto has been my home for seven years, and I can’t wait to find it for many more. I’ve watched this franchise grow and rise to the top, and I can’t wait to take on the challenge of helping us win another championship.

Although the terms of the extension were not disclosed by the club, Nurse had a year remaining on his contract with the Raptors. Signing the coach for extra time is just the first task Ujiri and team management will face in what is expected to be a busy offseason. This includes making decisions on free agents Fred VanVleet, Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka, negotiating a potential new long-term contract with OG Anunoby, and preparing for a season that does not yet have a start date. .



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